Railroad Street Commerce

Railroad Street Commerce (HMXIN)

Location: Madison, GA 30650 Morgan County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 35.817', W 83° 28.1'

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Early town development focused upon the town square, but that changed when cotton and railroads grew in importance. In 1837, Georgia Rail Road construction was announced, and rail service arrived four years later in Madison — the end point until rail was extended west to Terminus (aka Marthasville/Atlanta). In the 1880s, north/south lines of the Covington & Macon (later Central of GA) Rail Road augmented the east-west service.

Anchored in one end by two depots — Georgia RR brick depot (1840, burned 1864; rebuilt) and Central of GA RR frame depot (c. 1901-09) — and at the other end by the town square, Railroad Street (W. Jefferson) rose quickly as a commercial corridor, lined with storefronts, lodging houses, saloons, warehouses and workshops, all supported by "King Cotton." For nearly 100 years, this corridor remained vibrant and vital, its importance reinforced by civic improvements, as in 1883 when the City was praised for "? macadamizing and grading Railroad Street ? the most traveled street," and also in 1891 with the installation of a "Whiteway," using decorative iron and glass globe streetlights to illuminate the way downtown.
Year Placed2011
Placed ByCity of Madison, Madison BiCentennial Commission 1809-2009
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Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 11:27pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 270956 N 3720199
Decimal Degrees33.59695000, -83.46833333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 35.817', W 83° 28.1'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 35' 49.02" N, 83° 28' 6.00" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 161-171 W Jefferson St, Madison GA 30650, US
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