Rome Depots

Southern Railway freight depot, Rome, Ga.

This block-long building at 200 E. 2nd Ave. in Rome was once the city's principal Southern Railway freight depot. A plaque at the front entrance indicates that it was built around 1884.

Southern's passenger depot, which stood in East Rome on E. 6th St. between Maple and Walnut avenues, burned on November 15, 1974. Built around 1900, it It replaced a depot constructed by Southern's predecessor East Tennessee, Virginia, & Georgia Railroad sometime around 1884. That depot also burned, in 1899. A photo of the ETV&G depot is online at Georgia's Virtual Vault.

Above and below, four old postcard views of Rome's Southern Railway passenger depot.

Rome also had stations serving the Central of Georgia and the NC&St.L railroads. The Central station was located at the south end of the railroad bridge now known as the Robert Redden Footbridge. (See Sanborn map).

The NC&St.L station was on the south side of Broad Street, at First Avenue. Constructed around 1900, it was demolished in 1974, despite the efforts of a group of Rome citizens to preserve it. A small park was built on its site.

Broad Street Depot, Rome

The Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis passenger station was better known as the "Broad Street depot." This view from that street shows the building in May 1971. (William Monypeny photograph. Brian Ezzelle collection).


An old postcard view of the Broad Street depot.

The NC&St.L had come to town in 1894 by purchasing the Rome Railroad, which ran to a junction with the Western & Atlantic at Kingston.


This 1890s view of the lower Broad Street area shows the Etowah River bridge and an early depot, probably the Rome Railroad depot on the map below. The view is from Myrtle Hill Cemetery.
From: Floyd County, Ga. [Map]. Floyd County Commissioners of Roads and Revenues, c1895. Complete map is online at Library of Congress here.

This 1893 Sanborn map shows the Rome Railroad depot and the tracks of the three railroads in the immediate area.
From: Sanborn map of Rome, 1893. Complete map is online at Digital Library of Georgia, Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps.

Sanborn map showing Southern Railway depot on E. Callahan St. in Rome, Ga.

This 1915 Sanborn map shows the depot that once stood on Callahan Street at the junction of the Southern Railway mainline and that company's Gadsden Branch. The latter line was built as the Rome & Decatur Railroad in 1887-88.
From: Sanborn map of Rome, 1915, sheet 19. Complete map is online at Digital Library of Georgia, Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps.


Reeves depot, now Rome visitor center

Rome's Visitor Center is housed in a small but picturesque depot that sits atop Jackson Hill, just off Turner-McCall Blvd. in the northeastern corner of downtown. The 1901 structure was moved here from Reeves, a Gordon County community on the former Southern Railway (now Norfolk Southern) about 18 miles northeast of Rome.


Reeves depot in Rome, Ga. Close-up view.


A Southern Railway caboose sits alongside the depot.


An old semaphore signal also can be seen at the depot.

A similar depot at Hill City, 30 miles north of Rome, has been converted into a small inn. See Hill City depot. Georgia's Railroad History & Heritage. © Steve Storey

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