Southern Railway System Depot
The depot in July 2010
|Location||330 Church St., Huntsville, Alabama|
|Area||2.8 acres (1.13 ha)|
|NRHP Reference #||71000101|
|Added to NRHP||September 10, 1971|
|Designated ARLH||June 25, 2002|
The Huntsville Depot located on the Norfolk Southern Railway line in downtown Huntsville is the oldest surviving railroad depot in Alabama and one of the oldest in the United States. Completed in 1860, the depot served as eastern division headquarters for the Memphis and Charleston Railroad. It is listed on both the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage and National Register of Historic Places.
Huntsville was occupied by Union forces in 1862 during the Civil War as a strategic point on the railroad and the depot was used as a prison for Confederate soldiers. Graffiti left by the soldiers can still be seen on the walls. The Huntsville Depot saw its last regularly scheduled passenger train, Southern Railway's The Tennessean, on March 30, 1968. Today the Depot serves as a museum, part of the Early Works Museum.
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- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
- "Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage". Alabama Historical Commission. Retrieved May 22, 2013.
- Kazek, Kelly (May 22, 2013). "Alabama's 3 known existing Civil War-era depots: What are they now?". The Huntsville Times (Huntsville, AL: Advance Publications). Retrieved May 22, 2013.