History

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As guests enter the depot, they are greeted by a photo of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison as they visited the area by train in 1921.

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The first train station in Florence was built at the foot of Court Street near the Tennessee River.  However, after a fire in 1906 completely destroyed this depot, the Southern Railroad built a combination freight and passenger station in East Florence.

This added the second passenger and freight depot to the area and established Sweetwater as the rail center in the city. ¬†It has been said that every East Florence industry was served by the depot and that it was one of East Florence’s busiest places.

Hopefully, as a beautifully restored and modernized facility, the Historic Sweetwater Depot will once again be at the center of activities in the Shoals.

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A train bell (circa 1906) from the L&N Line which served the Sweetwater Depot hangs by the bar.