Machine Shop

Machine Shop (HM1BZ5)

Location: Savannah, GA 31401 Chatham County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 4.5', W 81° 6.083'

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The courtyard in front of you is actually the remains of the Machine Shop. Note its walls and foundations that supported various machines. Can you find the "ghost" outline on the wall inside the doorway marking where the stairs once were?

The Central of Georgia railroad built this shop between 1851-1855. A second story (A) was added in 1876. Machinists working here milled metal by threading pipes and bolts, drilling holes, and planing items to various sizes. The machinists also finished iron objects made in the Blacksmith Shop and repaired items such train wheels. The wheel lathe, drill press, smaller lathes, and metal planers were powered by the line shaft from the Boiler Room. The curved wall (B) by the front of the Machine Shop marks the edge of the original 1850s Roundhouse.

Hourly and Monthly Wages for Machinists
* 1917 - 50 cents ($103.02 a month)
* 1920 - 85 cents ($173.40 a month)
* 1921 - 77 cents ($157.08 a month)
* 1922 - 70 cents ($142.80 a month)

(upper left) This photograph shows the shop years after the complex closed, but prior to its destruction by Hurricane David in 1979. Library of Congress

(lower left) The letters indicate the same areas on the photograph above as on this map. Library of Congress
HM NumberHM1BZ5
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Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 1:27pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 490431 N 3548753
Decimal Degrees32.07500000, -81.10138333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 4.5', W 81° 6.083'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 4' 30.00" N, 81° 6' 4.98" W
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Area Code(s)478, 912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 604 W Jones St, Savannah GA 31401, US
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