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Fort Davis in Macon County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Fort Davis Railroad Depot / Fort Davis Community

Macon County

 
 
Fort Davis Railroad Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 28, 2020
1. Fort Davis Railroad Depot Marker
Inscription.  
Fort Davis Railroad Depot
Macon County

The first Fort Davis Railroad Depot was constructed in 1892, which was approximately the time that the Savannah-Americus-Montgomery Railroad came through the community. The current building was constructed in 1904 after the original depot was damaged by a fire. The depot operated from 1892 until 1975, when the railroad deeded the depot to the Fort Davis Historical Group. The depot served as the cornerstone of the community for over one hundred years and is still a well-known landmark for South Macon and north Bullock Counties. The depot also serves as one of the last remaining structures of the Savannah-Americus-Montgomery Railroad.

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Fort Davis Community
Macon County

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The community of Fort Davis was named after Fort Madison Davis, a local farmer, store owner, and the community's first postmaster. The Savannah-Americus-Montgomery Railroad constructed the railroad through the community in the late 19th century to create a direct route between

Fort Davis Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 28, 2020
2. Fort Davis Community Marker
Montgomery, Alabama and Savannah, Georgia, a distance of 340 miles. Once the railroad was completed, several members of the Cotton Valley community relocated to be near the new railroad. The railroad operated in Fort Davis from 1892 to 1985. In January 1986, the railroad ceased operations in Fort Davis. In 1987-1988, the Railroad company dismantled the tracks.

Listed in the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage

 
Erected 2020 by the Fort Davis Historical Group.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 32° 14.596′ N, 85° 42.553′ W. Marker is in Fort Davis, Alabama, in Macon County. Marker is on U.S. 29 north of County Road 2, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Davis AL 36031, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Union Springs, Alabama (approx. 6.8 miles away); Bullock County Courthouse Historic District (approx. 6.8 miles away); Trinity Episcopal Church/Red Door Theater (approx. 6.9 miles away); Log Cabin Museum/Old City Cemetery (approx. 6.9 miles away); Indian Treaty Boundary Line
Fort Davis Railroad Depot marker and old Depot. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 28, 2020
3. Fort Davis Railroad Depot marker and old Depot.
(approx. 7.4 miles away); a different marker also named Indian Treaty Boundary Line (approx. 7.9 miles away); Fitzpatrick United Methodist Church (approx. 10.6 miles away); Sardis Baptist Church, Cemetery, and School (approx. 11.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Alabama Heritage on Fort Davis, Places in Peril. (Submitted on November 28, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Fort Davis Community Marker and Depot. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 28, 2020
4. Fort Davis Community Marker and Depot.
The Fort Davis Post Office near the Depot. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 28, 2020
5. The Fort Davis Post Office near the Depot.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 28, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 48 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 28, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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