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Douglas in Coffee County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

G & F Railroad / Norfolk Southern Railroad

— Main Street National Register District —

 
 
G & F Railroad / Norfolk Southern Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, October 10, 2021
1. G & F Railroad / Norfolk Southern Railroad Marker
Inscription.  
G & F Railroad
A depot originally built in 1904 by the Wadley and Mt. Vernon Railroad stood here until it merged with the larger G&F Railroad in 1907. Douglas became the central hub of the line when railyards were constructed north of town in 1909. Via the G&F, one could travel north to Augusta, Georgia, and south to Madison, Florida. From these points connections were possible to almost any city in the United States. Cattle, tobacco, cotton and naval store products were exported from Douglas on the G&F cars.
The company was a major employer for many years.

Norfolk Southern Railroad
Service began during the 1960’s and was the first major railway to locate in Douglas. Norfolk Southern took over the older G & F line, depot, and yards. It continued to operate until the late 1980’s. Norfolk Southern deeded the depot to the City of Douglas for the purpose of developing a local history museum. A strong commitment from City officials and Transportation Enhancement Act funding made the project possible.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce
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Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1904.
 
Location. 31° 30.549′ N, 82° 51.151′ W. Marker is in Douglas, Georgia, in Coffee County. Marker is on West Ward Street (Georgia Route 32) 0.1 miles west of Peterson Avenue (U.S. 441), on the right when traveling west. Marker is mounted at eye-level, directly on the subject building, just to the left of the West Ward Street entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 219 West Ward Street, Douglas GA 31533, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Douglas Surgical Institute and Infirmary (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Coffee County Confederate Monument (about 600 feet away); Coffee County (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Coffee County (about 700 feet away); The Coffee County Bank Building (about 700 feet away); Martin Theater (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tanner Mercantile Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Tanner Mercantile Company (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Douglas.
 
Also see . . .  Heritage Station Museum. In 1949, the depot was closed for passenger transportation and closed its doors in the mid 1980s. In 1999, Georgia and Florida Railway employees,
G & F Railroad / Norfolk Southern Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, October 10, 2021
2. G & F Railroad / Norfolk Southern Railroad Marker
Friends of the Museum, and the City of Douglas renovated the depot and re-opened it as Heritage Station Museum. (Submitted on October 12, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Heritage Station Museum (<i>south/front elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, October 10, 2021
3. Heritage Station Museum (south/front elevation)
(marker is visible just to the left of the entrance)
Heritage Station Museum (<i>west elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, October 10, 2021
4. Heritage Station Museum (west elevation)
Heritage Station Museum image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, October 10, 2021
5. Heritage Station Museum
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 12, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 342 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 12, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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