Carrollton Depot

Carrollton's ca. 1875 Central of Georgia Railway depot stands on Bradley Street about three blocks south of the city square. Once threatened with demolition by Norfolk Southern, the building was acquired by the City so that it could be saved for community use.

Most of the rehabilitation work was done from 2010 to 2013.

(Above and below) The depot during rehabilitation.

The building has an unusually large and tall freight room.

The depot before rehab work began.

The west facade of the freight room has brickwork similar to that on the Central of Georgia depot at Hampton.

Brackets and eaves on the north facade of the passenger section.

There's some uncertainty about when this depot was constructed. Some say it was 1888; others say earlier. Wilber Caldwell (see Sources & References) puts it closer to 1875. In any case, the front portion appears to be a newer addition.

The first train came to Carrollton in 1874. At the time, the rail line was the Savannah, Griffin & North Alabama Railroad, which was controlled by the Central. Eventually the line became the Central's Griffin-Chattanooga route.

Carrollton, a city of 25,000 and the county seat of Carroll County, is the home of the University of West Georgia. Georgia's Railroad History & Heritage. © Steve Storey

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