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Old train depot has new meaning

August 30, 2002

Mitchell County - It's happening more frequently in small South Georgia cities. Train Depots are being restored.

The old Depot in Camilla is now the Camilla Chamber of Commerce and Welcome Center. The 1914 brick structure and a Camilla, Georgia sign are some original designs.

Chamber members say many visitors are stopping by and reminiscing about the past.  Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Eric Brooks, says, "About every other person that comes in here has an old story remembering childhood and the depot. Like, waiting on the train to see grandparents, aunts and uncles and the sidewalks around the building served as a skating rink of sorts for children of Camilla in the late 20's and early 30's. They would come skate at the depot."

A freight train still goes past the depot, but passenger service stopped after World War II when the railroad lost a mail contract from the Federal Government.

The new building has a monument remembering those who lost their lives in the 2000 Valentine's Day tornadoes in Camilla.

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