Railroad tracks; Walton County’s past and present and future

“You’d never know it today, but railroads used to be the life blood of Walton County,” Jeff Allen wrote in an article for the latest issue of Walton Living Magazine. “Remants of the burgeoning rail culture are still around, if you know where to look for them.”

Old railroad tracks in Monroe, Ga. Photo credit: Darrell Everidge

While there remains an active commercial railroad in Social Circle, passenger trains have disappeared from the scene but many of the actual railroad tracks  remain on the landscape. Now a days these railroad tracks make great backdrops for photographers and there are plans to maybe convert them to walking trails in the future, particularly in Monroe. Although there is no longer any active lines into downtown Monroe, the signs of the railroad are still very visible, and productive in their own right. The old depots have been preserved and used for commerce and trade and there are plans to incorporate the railway tracks into walking trails in the near future. In the meantime, the old, unused tracks are a photographers dream. Many a wedding, engagement, graduation, homecoming or family photograph has a piece of Monroe’s rich railroad history as a backdrop.

To read the full article by Jeff Allen, click or tap on this link to read the digital version of the story on the current issue of Walton Living Magazine, or pick up a comment of the magazine at one of the libraries or city halls in the city or at a restaurant or store.


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