Tunnel Hill Depot

Among the events at Tunnel Hill's depot was a speech by Jefferson Davis and a very brief visit by Andrews' Raiders in the locomotive General as it was being chased by the Texas. Built by the state-owned Western & Atlantic Railroad in 1848, the depot is one of Georgia's oldest.

For years the building was incorporated into a ConAgra feed mill (see 2003 photo below). Today it stands free but vacant and a bit worn. Fortunately the community plans to rehabilitate it once some other projects are completed and funding is in hand.

Down the tracks is the 1850 tunnel, the oldest railroad tunnel in the southeastern US. Beside it, a newer tunnel handles the heavy traffic of CSX's Atlanta-Chattanooga line.

A ca. 1905 photo of this depot is online at the Vanishing Georgia website.

Tunnel Hill (pop. 861) is in Whitfield County in northwest Georgia.

 


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