Southern Railway System Depot
Also known as: Huntsville Depot , Memphis & Charleston Railroad Co. Passenger Depot330 Church St., Huntsville, Alabama
The oldest surviving railroad depot in Alabama and one of the oldest in the United States.
+34.73459, -86.5907034°44'05" N, 86°35'27" W
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 division headquarters for the Memphis and Charleston Railroad.
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.
National Register information
- Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 10, 1971
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- Areas of significance
- Commerce; Military; Transportation; Health/Medicine; Architecture
- Level of significance
- Evaluation criteria
- A - Event; C - Design/Construction
- Property type
- Historic functions
- Correctional facility; Pedestrian related; Arms storage
- Current function
- Period of significance
- Significant year
- September 25, 2011: New Street View added by Kenton dickerson
- May 26, 2011: Updated by WillyT: Added description