Type:Welcome Center, Railroad Depot
Adairsville was home to a major repair facility on Georgia's Western & Atlantic Railway. The depot and the town were the center of life in the Oothcaloga Valley, a wide area that is part of a region geologists refer to as ridge and valley.
The station played a pivotal role in the Great Locomotive Chase. Just south of the depot Andrews tore up track. The crew pursuing The General had to leave the William R. Smith, an engine they had taken from the switching facility in Kingston. Forced to continue on foot, the pursuers came across The Texas just south of the city.
In the 1990's the city of Adairsville underwent a dramatic revitalization. Places like the 1902 Stock Exchange were completely refurbished, as was the railroad depot. Today the depot is home to the Adairsville Welcome Center, run by the Adairsville-Bartow County CVB and the Adairsville Rail Depot Age of Steam Museum, run by the City of Adairsville. The museum charges no admission and offers group tours (should be booked in advanced when possible). Hours are Tuesday - Saturday 10:30am to 3pm.
The entire old section of Adairsville is on the National Register of Historic Places. The first weekend in October the city celebrates its role in the chase with a festival.
For more information on the depot and the city, please visit these fine sites:
Other Attractions in Adairsville
Welcome Center Listing
Railroad Depot Listing
Dalton W&A Depot