Nearly Two Centuries of Railroad History

The historic Decatur union passenger depot was built by the Southern Railway in 1905 and is a symbol of the city’s rich railroad heritage which extends back to the 1830s when the first railroad west of the Allegheny Mountains, the Tuscumbia, Courtland and Decatur was built.  A union depot was the result of the joint use of the depot by two railroads, the Southern and the Louisville & Nashville railroads.

The complete restoration of the union depot in 2015 and early 2016 sensitively preserved most of the original architectural elements of the building, including high ceilings, original doors, windows, wainscoting and door and window facings, and original brick and plaster walls. The building is shared with the Decatur Police Department.

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Around Morgan County

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Nearby Points of Interest

Simp McGhee’s

Located right next door to Historic Railroad Depot.

Simp McGhee’s restaurant exudes old fashioned charm while offering fresh cajun seafood and beef selections sure to please any palate.

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The RailYard

Located approximately 0.77 miles from Historic Railroad Depot.

The RailYard is Downtown Decatur’s hottest spot for delicious food, craft beer, craft cocktails, and great times.

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Big Bob Gibson BBQ

Located approximately 2.4 miles from Historic Railroad Depot.

Five generations of pitmasters & over 90 years of barbecuing, they’ve earned 15 World BBQ Championships (Pork, Brisket, Ribs, Chicken) and 5 Memphis in May World BBQ Grand Championships.

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History Itinerary

Did you know that Decatur was home to the largest collection of Victorian and earlier 20th century craftsman and bungalow homes in Alabama or that Hartselle was once the site of a bank robbery? Discover the history of Morgan County at the area’s many historic locations.

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