Historic marker, wall repurposing in works for ‘Crescent’ passenger train in Alabama

May 27, 2016

By Brian Woodham, The Auburn Villager

A year ago, the Auburn Train Depot on Mitcham Avenue sat gutted, with the interior and exterior undergoing a transformation into what become The Depot restaurant.Website Insert Passenger Trains Very Well copy

Shortly after, the streetscape around Mitcham got a face lift and much-needed upgrade. Now, the revitalization of the area continues, with installation of a historic marker commemorating the Crescent passenger train that used to roll into the depot daily.

The last passenger train pulled into the depot in January 1970, but its legacy still resonates for many Auburn residents.

“It was like the Orient Express, and it ran from Washington, D.C. all the way down to New Orleans,” said Charles Hendrix, Auburn resident and former Historic Preservation Commission member, who added that he first rode the Crescent when he was about 5 or 6 years old. “My dad conned our way into the cab of the engine. You couldn’t do that today. My brother and I rode from Greenville, South Carolina to Spartanburg, South Carolina on the Crescent.”

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