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Fort Payne Depot Museum, Fort Payne

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The Fort Payne Depot Museum (formerly the Alabama Great Southern Railroad Passenger Depot) is a historic building in Fort Payne, Alabama. The depot was built by the Alabama Great Southern Railroad in 1891, at the height of Fort Payne's mining-driven boom. Passenger service ended in 1970, but the depot continued to service freight until 1983. It was converted into a museum in 1986, which includes exhibits with 19th century and Native American artifacts, a collection of dioramas of fantasy scenes and historical events, and a former Norfolk Southern caboose. The depot was designed in Richardsonian Romanesque style by architect Charles C. Taylor. It is clad in grey sandstone with pink granite trim. The hipped roof has several gables protruding from it, as well as a circular tower on one corner. The depot was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.
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  • We spent about an hour in this museum and would have spent more but were trying to get over to the Opera House and hosiery museum too. Did not allow enough time for all three spots. We found Ft...  more »
  • This is a very interesting place to visit if you like history. There's a ton of information on the history of Fort Payne in this building. We really enjoyed it.  more »
  • Very nicely preserved. Rare depot made of stone in the South.
  • An amazing amount of history packed in here.

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