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Douglas - Our 50th Anniversary Tour takes us to Douglas, Georgia.

Atkinson Plaza is a busy corner of the city that's rich in history and full of promise for the future. The bell, high in this tower, was the inspiration for Atkinson Plaza.

"The community found a bell that was in the old courthouse and the belltower was built," says Main Street Manager Nikki Knox. 

 The Plaza has provided the perfect spot for community fun.  "We have ice cream socials, a community beach party, concerts, and the Hometown Harvest festival in the fall," says Knox. 

And it compliments Douglas' Main Street Program.  "We work with property owners on re-doing facades, we work with promotions for events and retail promotions, regional advertising. We want people to come and discover what we have in downtown Douglas," says Knox. 

Also relatively new to Douglas is Heritage Station Museum.

"The museum used to be the Georgia-Florida Railroad Station," says Museum Coordinator Lynn Schofield.

Opened in 1999, the museum is full of artifacts from the railroad and from Douglas and Coffee County. The highlight is this little 507 replica.

"This miniature steam engine was made by Jesse Upton. He wanted to make a train for his children to ride on. It took him 20 years to build it. He had tracks runnng around his house," says Schofield. 

And while the train no longer runs, visitors to Heritage Station Museum can still take a ride through Douglas and Coffee County's history.