Decatur Depot renovations add new chapter to history - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Decatur Depot renovations add new chapter to history

Renovations to the historic depot began in the last week. (Source: WAFF) Renovations to the historic depot began in the last week. (Source: WAFF)
The building is the third depot in city history. (Source: Morgan Co. Archives) The building is the third depot in city history. (Source: Morgan Co. Archives)
"A 110-year-old, wonderful piece of history." (Source: Morgan Co. Archives) "A 110-year-old, wonderful piece of history." (Source: Morgan Co. Archives)
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

The "ghostly" haunt which is the old train depot in Decatur will soon take on the regal splendor of yesteryear. 

The effort began in earnest about three years ago. The man putting many of the pieces together is retired Judge David Breland. 

"This is a 110 year old wonderful piece of our history," said Breland, now the Director of Historic Resources and Events in Decatur. 

It wasn't so very long ago that this building was actually a focal point, not only in Decatur, but for Morgan County as a whole. 

Morgan County archivist John Alison says it played a big part in local history. 

"It was the center of a lot of transportation," said Alison. "It was also right across the street from the old city hall. There were restaurants, shops. There were hotels around the depot, so it really was a bustling center of activity for the city of Decatur."

The renovation to the building began this week. Breland said the building is going to be both beautiful and functional. 

"This is going to be a cultural and an historic treasure that people are going to enjoy. This is not only going to house a transportation museum, but also the police department on either end."

And it has everyone excited for many reasons, including Mayor Don Kyle. 

"One, I've been riding by this building my whole life," the mayor explained. "Two, I got on a train out there many times to ride to St. Louis with my mother to visit her home in Illinois."

Council president Gary Hammond says the key is everyone pitching in. 

"I am just tickled to death to live in a city where you can get so many good people working together in the same direction," said Hammond.

That direction now has to include fund raising. Thanks to a jump start by local politicians, like Senator Arthur Orr, the goal for public and private dollars now becomes a quest, according to Breland. 

"It is time now for the public, people that have been stopping me on the street for two or three years saying 'We've got to save this building,'" he said. "We've got to do it. It's time we all step up as a community. We need to raise about $200,000 just toward the building itself. My personal goal is I hope we raise more than that."

Every dollar raised will ensure this historical depot remains revitalized to the delight of everyone in the River City and in Bobby's Bama.

Copyright 2015 WAFF. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • breaking

    FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: Snow & ice expected across the Valley

    FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: Snow & ice expected across the Valley

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 4:24 PM EST2018-01-16 21:24:35 GMT

    A First Alert Weather Day throughout the day on Tuesday up until 9 a.m. Wednesday.

    More >>

    A First Alert Weather Day throughout the day on Tuesday up until 9 a.m. Wednesday.

    More >>
  • Snow Day in the Valley: January 16, 2018

    Snow Day in the Valley: January 16, 2018

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 12:42 PM EST2018-01-16 17:42:11 GMT
    (Source: Shannon Anderson)(Source: Shannon Anderson)

    School and business closures led to a morning of fun in the snow for some across the Tennessee Valley. These are some of our favorite shots of the day so far. You can send us your own photos/video by posting them to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and including the #WAFF48 tag. Alternatively, you can upload your pictures here: http://pix.waff.com/ Limestone County, Ala. - Commission Turning white at Ingall's Harbor. pic.twitter.com/2fPc270aS5 — Decatur Parks & Rec ...

    More >>

    School and business closures led to a morning of fun in the snow for some across the Tennessee Valley. These are some of our favorite shots of the day so far. You can send us your own photos/video by posting them to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and including the #WAFF48 tag. Alternatively, you can upload your pictures here: http://pix.waff.com/ Limestone County, Ala. - Commission Turning white at Ingall's Harbor. pic.twitter.com/2fPc270aS5 — Decatur Parks & Rec ...

    More >>
  • Teen arrested in Madison hotel shooting

    Teen arrested in Madison hotel shooting

    Monday, January 15 2018 4:38 PM EST2018-01-15 21:38:53 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    Madison police have arrested an 18-year-old in connection to the weekend shooting at Country Inn & Suites on Westchester Drive.

    More >>

    Madison police have arrested an 18-year-old in connection to the weekend shooting at Country Inn & Suites on Westchester Drive.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly