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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Railroads

Conyers, Georgia
Before the War Between the States, railroads were already being built in Georgia.  They represented a new economy and enabled small towns to enlarge around them. During the construction of the rails, rail workers resided in small wooden houses nearby which attracted local merchandising.  By the time that the war came, the railroad networked throughout the State, so the Union forces attacked the rails.  During Sherman's march on Atlanta, citizens packed into the cars and removed to a place called Little Shanty (near Jonesboro).  The scurrying to escape caused people to bury valuables in the year, as well as along the route of the railroad. In order to better understand the travels of ancestors, it is a good idea to acquire maps of old railroads as people were always on the go. I had a grandmother who boarded the train in West Georgia and went to Terminal Station in Atlanta where she purchased clothes for her children.  There are lots of stories to discover.  Find your ancestors on Georgia Pioneers

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