Mineral Bluff Station
Debra and Dave Vanderlaan
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The very historic Mineral Bluff Station shown here is in the tiny Appalachian Mountain town of Mineral Bluff, Georgia, very close to the North Carolina state line.....
The Mineral Bluff Depot, built in 1887, has been entered into the National Register of Historic Places, making it the fourth historic building in Fannin County to be so designated. The brick depot was built by the Marietta and North Georgia Railroad, a line that has since been abandoned. It is the only surviving Marietta and North Georgia Railroad depot in Georgia. Other existing depots along the line, like Blue Ridge, Ellijay, Jasper and Tate, were built later by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad.
The Mineral Bluff Depot was deemed worthy of a place on the National Register because of the historical significance of its construction and its commercial and social value to the community. At 120 years old, the Mineral Bluff Depot is the oldest public building and one of the oldest structures in Fannin County. It joins three buildings in downtown Blue Ridge already on the National Register of Historic Places - the old Fannin County Courthouse, now home to the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, the Baugh House at 411 W. Main St., and the Blue Ridge Depot at 241 Depot St.
John Nichols, who with Elma Ettman, did the application for the Mineral Bluff Depot to be on the Historic Register on behalf of the Fannin County Board of Commissioners. The Mineral Bluff Depot was built by Nicholsí great-grandfather, Robert Lee Baugh, and his father, John W. Baugh, originally a brick mason, who went on to manufacture Baugh brick.
John W. Baugh also built the Baugh House, the old Fannin County Tobacco Co. and the smelters and furnaces at the copper mining operation in Ducktown,
The Mineral Bluff Depot features walls that are three to four bricks thick, windows framed by brick arches, and no steel framing. For almost 75 years, the Mineral Bluff Depot had passenger train service, and for 85 years, it had a freight agent. Freight was shipped here until 1990. The last freight they shipped was slate rock for Zyrian Stone Co. of Miami.
A bronze plaque calling attention to the fact that the Mineral Bluff Depot is on the National Register of Historic Places is placed on the outside of the building.
November 27th, 2012
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