Great Locomotive Chase town Adairsville Georgia eligible for federal historic preservation funding


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Mar 16, 2016

Designation makes Adairsville eligible for federal historic preservation funding

Adairsville can seek federal funding for future preservation efforts after receiving governmental recognition of past work in the historic town. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Historic Preservation Division announced Tuesday, March 26, the designation of the city of Adairsville as a Certified Local Government, state officials said in a news release.

The town in north Bartow County is now eligible for federal Historic Preservation Fund grants administered by the state Historic Preservation Division. The grants may be used for a variety of preservation activities including historic resource surveys, National Register of Historic Places nominations, educational activities, marketing purposes, publications, heritage tourism studies and pre-development plans, the release stated. The National Park Service and U.S. Department of the Interior confirmed the award, the release stated.

The Western & Atlantic Railroad spurred development in the area with the construction of a train depot in 1846. Businesses sprang up around the new railroad and the city of Adairsville was incorporated in 1854. The town was involved in the Civil War as a transportation hub and saw action during the 87-mile “Great Locomotive Chase” in 1862. The event began when a group of Union spies stole The General locomotive in what is now Kennesaw in an attempt to damage the Western & Atlantic Railroad linking Atlanta with Chattanooga. The spies were stopped just before reaching Chattanooga, according to the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History.

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