Camilla in Mitchell County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Spirit of Camilla
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
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Industry & Commerce • Railroads & 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 (Submitted on May 8, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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