Georgia Railroad Freight Depot
An Enduring Symbol of Atlanta
— Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails —
During the Civil War, Atlanta became a major manufacturing center for military supplies. The Confederate government leased numerous warehouses for storage and the railroads transported these vital supplies to the Southern armies.
Following the Federal army's departure from Atlanta on November 15th and 16th on their “March to the Sea” a Confederate military report noted, “The car shed, the depots, the machine shops, foundries, rolling mills, merchant mills, arsenals, laboratory, armory, etc., were all burned.” Most private homes and churches escaped the flames although some were destroyed during the preceding months fighting.
One end of this second Georgia Railroad
Freight Depot was originally three stories high
with a cupola. Fire destroyed that portion in
1935. Built of brick with Stone Mountain
granite and a Polk County roof, it is 50 feet
wide with its length including 54 feet of office
space and 224 feet as the freight warehouse
room. It is among the oldest buildings in
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Civil War Trails series list.
Location. 33° 45.094′ N, 84° 23.335′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in Fulton County. Marker can be reached from Lower Alabama Street near 65 M.L.K. Jr Drive SW. Located near the Steve Polk Plaza. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 617 Lower Alabama Street, Atlanta GA 30303, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Georgia Railroad Freight Depot (a few steps from this marker); The Burning and Destruction of Atlanta (within shouting distance of this marker); The Eternal Flame Of The Confederacy (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Immaculate Conception Church (about 400 feet away); Historic Ground (about 700 feet away); John Brown Gordon (about 700 feet away); Replica of the Statue of Liberty (about 700 feet away); Fulton County (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlanta.
Regarding Georgia Railroad Freight Depot. The depot is available as a rental venue space.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 12, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 92 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 12, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.