Historic Markers Across Georgia

Georgia Railroad Depot

Marker ID: GHM 060-171
Location: Located inside the restored railroad depot at the outdoor plaza at Underground Atlanta at the intersection of MLK Jr. Ave. and Courtland Street.
County: Fulton
Coordinates: N 33° 45.101    W 084° 23.325
  33.751683    -84.38875
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: WM204H
Georgia Railroad Depot  Marker  


This is one of the oldest buildings in downtown Atlanta. It was completed on April 22, 1869, and served as the main freight depot for the Georgia Railroad. Corput and Bass, architects, Thomas Alexander, contractors, B.H. Broomhead, carpenter, and Hayden and Healy, masons, were responsible for the construction at a cost of $35, 000.00.

The end of the building once held offices and was three stories high with a balcony on the second floor and a cupola on the hipped roof. Much of the building burned in January, 1935 and it was subsequently rebuilt in its present form. The Georgia Building Authority bought the building in 1981 and renovated it for public use.

The Georgia Railroad, chartered in 1833, was completed in September, 1845 at a cost of $3,369.856.42 from Augusta to a small village first named "Terminus" then "Marthasville". The Georgia Railroad connected with the Western and Atlantic Railroad that linked Marthasville and Chattanooga. The little village became an important rail center and J. Edgar Thompson, Chief engineer of the Georgia Railroad, shortly thereafter suggested renaming Marthasville "Atlanta."



Located inside the restored railroad depot on MLK Jr Dr at Underground Atlanta.
Open during normal business hours Monday - Friday.