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Camilla in Mitchell County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Spirit of Camilla

 
 
The Spirit of Camilla Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 4, 2021
1. The Spirit of Camilla Marker
Inscription.  The Spirit of Camilla engine was built by Baldwin of Eddystone, PA, for Brooks-Scalon Corp., a lumber company in Foley, FL, and delivered in April 1925.

Designated Engine #9, the oil-fired engine was later purchased by Foley Lumber Co., which sold it to the Georgia Northern Railway, owned by the Pidcock family of Moultrie.

In 1966 Southern Railway System acquired the assets of the Northern Railway. Southern gave Engine #9 to the city of Camilla in 1971. For a year, the train sat at the end of the spur line until members of the garden clubs, the Lions Club and the Pilot Club went to work on it, raising money and improving its appearance. Leaders were a committee from the garden clubs, Mrs. P. C. Cullens, Mrs. T. B. Twitty Jr. and Mrs. Vernon Twitty Sr., and Guy Cochran representing the Lions Club.

After years of neglect, however, the train fell into disrepair again and the project of fixing up the old engine began again in 1992. Through the efforts of the City of Camilla, the C. M. Stripling family, the Jay Gardner Bible Class and the citizens of Camilla, it was refurbished, regular maintenance was begun, and a park was created
The Spirit of Camilla Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 4, 2021
2. The Spirit of Camilla Marker
(marker is located behind the locomotive, overlooking the tender)
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around the engine in 1993. Members of the committee leading this effort were Mayor Pro Tem Morris Kolbie, C. M. Stripling and Kenneth Barkhouse.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsIndustry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1925.
 
Location. 31° 13.877′ N, 84° 12.771′ W. Marker is in Camilla, Georgia, in Mitchell County. Marker is on West Broad Street (Georgia Route 37) west of Butler Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker and subject locomotive are on exhibit in a small park between Broad Street and the railroad tracks. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 109 West Broad Street, Camilla GA 31730, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old City Well (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mitchell County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mitchell County War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Hawthorne Trail (approx. 0.8 miles away); Baker County (approx. 9.2 miles away); Gum Pond Community (approx. 12½ miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Baldwin Locomotive Works (Wikipedia). The Baldwin Locomotive Works was an American manufacturer of railroad locomotives from 1825 to 1956. The company was for decades the world's largest
The Spirit of Camilla (<i>tender car</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 4, 2021
3. The Spirit of Camilla (tender car)
(marker visible behind tender)
producer of steam locomotives, but struggled to compete as demand switched to diesel locomotives. Baldwin produced the last of its 70,000-plus locomotives in 1956 and went out of business in 1972. (Submitted on May 8, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
The Spirit of Camilla (<i>locomotive detail</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 4, 2021
4. The Spirit of Camilla (locomotive detail)
The Spirit of Camilla (<i>locomotive detail</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 4, 2021
5. The Spirit of Camilla (locomotive detail)
The Spirit of Camilla (<i>engineer’s perspective</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 4, 2021
6. The Spirit of Camilla (engineer’s perspective)
The Spirit of Camilla Exhibit image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 4, 2021
7. The Spirit of Camilla Exhibit
(marker visible behind tender, at far right)
)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 7, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on May 7, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 8, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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