Wadley Railroad Depot

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Wadley Railroad Depot
Wadley Depot.jpg
The station in October 2011
Wadley Railroad Depot is located in Alabama
Wadley Railroad Depot
Wadley Railroad Depot is located in the US
Wadley Railroad Depot
LocationBroad St. at NE. corner of Tallapoosa St., Wadley, Alabama
Coordinates33°7′18″N 85°33′46″W / 33.12167°N 85.56278°W / 33.12167; -85.56278Coordinates: 33°7′18″N 85°33′46″W / 33.12167°N 85.56278°W / 33.12167; -85.56278
NRHP reference #11000428[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 14, 2011

The Wadley Railroad Depot is a historic train station in Wadley, Alabama. The depot was built in 1907 along the Atlanta, Birmingham, and Atlantic Railroad line as part of an expansion from West Point, Georgia, to Talladega, Alabama. The Callaway Corporation, who operated numerous textile mills along the Chattahoochee River and later founded Callaway Gardens, purchased the land that would later become the town of Wadley, intending to build a mill in the town. The deal fell through before the mill was built, but the town continued as a local agricultural trading hub. The station closed to passenger traffic in 1964, and the line eventually came under the control of CSX Transportation.[2]

The depot is one of only four surviving Mission Revival train stations in Alabama (the others being the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Passenger Terminal in Mobile; the Louisville and Nashville Railroad Depot in Cullman; and the Nashville, Chattanooga, and St. Louis Railroad Depot in the Bridgeport Historic District in Bridgeport).[3] The one-story depot has a clay tile hipped roof, with partially exposed rafter ends and large, bracketed overhangs. The south façade has an arched central opening with a double-leaf door flanked by leaded glass sidelights and topped with an arched transom. The east, track-facing, elevation has a Spanish-style frontone, to the north of which is a raised platform with two sliding wood cargo doors and two passenger door openings. The interior is divided into a passenger lobby and offices at the south end, with a waiting room and ticket office in the center, and a large cargo room at the north.[2]

The depot was named to the Alabama Historical Commission's Places in Peril list in 2009, which led to a community effort to preserve the building.[4] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (July 9, 2010). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved March 20, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Schneider, David B.; Susan Enzweiler (October 31, 2010). "Wadley Railroad Depot" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places Registration Form. Schneider Historic Preservation. Archived from the original on March 20, 2015. Retrieved March 20, 2015.
  3. ^ "Wadley Railroad Depot listed in National Register". The Randolph Leader. Roanoke, AL. July 27, 2011. Archived from the original on March 20, 2015. Retrieved March 20, 2015.
  4. ^ Faulk, Mike (May 22, 2009). "A piece of the past: Residents want to save Wadley Train Depot, which was named to the 2009 Places in Peril list". The Anniston Star. Archived from the original on March 20, 2015. Retrieved March 20, 2015.