Ringgold Depot

(May 2013 photo)

Constructed in 1849, the Western & Atlantic depot at Ringgold is one of the state's oldest rail stations. In 1862 Andrews' Raiders came through town in the locomotive General followed closely by their pursuers in the Texas. Andrews' unsuccessful attempt to disrupt Confederate rail operations came to an end two miles to the north of here.

After sustaining damage from Union artillery during the November 27, 1863 Battle of Ringgold, the 14-inch dark sandstone walls of the building were repaired with light-colored limestone blocks, giving the depot a distinct two-toned appearance.

A major rehabilitation of the building was completed in 2003. (U.S. 41 at Depot Street).

The Battle of Ringgold, November 27, 1863.

Ringgold, Georgia, train and depot during the Civil War

Troop train and depot during the Civil War.

(From: The Soldier in our Civil War; a pictorial history of the conflict, 1861-1865, illustrating the valor of the soldier as displayed on the battle-field, from sketches drawn by Forbes, Waud, Taylor, Beard, Becker, Lovie, Schell, Crane and numerous other eye-witnesses to the strife. Vol. 2. New York: Stanley Bradley Publishing Co., 1893, p. 227. Online at Internet Archive here.)

More info on the depot at roadsidegeorgia.com.

An old photo of this depot is online at the Vanishing Georgia website.

(Photo by Leamon Scott).

Ringgold depot and CSX train

Ringgold depot

The depot is now used for community events.

 


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