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This Day in Georgia History

August 09, 1910

Preservation of the Texas

The General Assembly adopted a joint resolution calling on Gov. Joseph M. Brown to take the necessary steps to restore and preserve the Texas - the historic locomotive used to pursue Andrews’ raiders aboard a train pulled by the General in 1862 - an event popularly known as “the Great Locomotive Chase”. Calling the Texas a “neglected castaway,” the resolution laments that the former engine “now stands alone in the yards of the Western and Atlantic railroad soon to become a wreck by exposure to the winds and rains, while the ‘General’ is on exhibition in the depot at Chattanooga well preserved, with all its brass finishings highly polished and apparently as new as when captured.” Subsequently, the Texas was refurbished and moved to the site of old Fort Walker in Atlanta’s Grant Park. Still later, the Texas was moved indoors into the nearby Cyclorama, where it was restored and repainted.