Duluth in Gwinnett County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Steam Locomotion at High Tide!
"Born of a railroad, Atlanta grew as its railroads grew."
Margaret Mitchell in "Gone With The Wind."
In March 1926, the 290, a Pacific type 4-6-2 steam passenger engine, was delivered to the Atlanta and West Point Rail Road Company by its builders, the Lima Locomotive Works. From 1926 until 1953, the 290 was used in main line passenger service on the Atlanta and West Point’s crack trains the “Crescent Limited” and the “Piedmont Limited” between Atlanta and Montgomery.
In 1957, a group of Atlanta citizens, headed by Leo Aikman, Atlanta Constitution columnist, and E. M. Ivie, retired railroad yard conductor, began a movement to preserve the 290 as a permanent monument to the apex of steam locomotion. As a result, in May 1958, the 290 was presented to the mayor William B. Hartsfield for the City of Atlanta by the Atlanta and West Point Rail Road Company through its president, J. Clyde Mixon.
In July 1958, the old No. 290’s engine, weighing 269,000 pounds, and tender, weighing 78,800 pounds, were moved from the nearest track, the Atlanta and West Point Rail Road Company’s belt line, down one and one-half miles of Pryor Street and through Lakewood Park to this site. The difficult engineering feat was performed voluntarily
Erected by the Atlanta Historical Society and the A. & W. P. 290 Club
Erected by Atlanta Historical Society and the A. & W. P. 290 Club.
Location. 33° 59.311′ N, 84° 9.325′ W. Marker is in Duluth, Georgia, in Gwinnett County. Marker can be reached from Unnamed road west of Peachtree Road. Touch for map. This marker was probably originally mounted outside near the 290 Steam Engine. It is now found in the Main Exhibit Hall at the Southern Railway Museum. It is behind an antique Checker Cab and an exhibit on 'Atlanta Scenes'. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3595 Buford Highway, Duluth GA 30096, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Passenger Coach No. 3780 (here, next to this marker); Spreader #JX635 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The History of the Miniature Train Company (about 300 feet away); Home of Alice Harrell Strickland - Georgia's First Woman Mayor (approx. 1½ miles away); Peachtree Road (approx. State R.R. Survey (approx. 2.7 miles away); "Holy Row" (approx. 4.4 miles away); National Register of Historic Places – City of Norcross (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Duluth.
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 8, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 70 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 8, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.