Purchase the 2015 Downtown Ornament at many downtown merchants or at the Freight Depot at 305 S. Depot St. This year's ornament features the historic Crescent City Rail Car!
Since 1996, it has been a tradition of the Downtown Dalton Development Authority to offer an ornament at Christmastime featuring a downtown icon. This year’s Downtown Ornament features the historic Crescent CityRailCar.
The Crescent City car was one of four built by the Pullman Standard Co. as a club car. Built in 1949, it was part of the Southern Crescent passenger service that ran from New York to New Orleans.
The car was taken out of service in the late 1960s. In 1972, Dalton business partners, Gerald O’Mahoney and Cecil Davis, bought the Crescent City in New Orleans, brought it to Dalton to a siding near Crown Mill, renovated it and utilized it as office space for textile sales.
The Crescent City was sold to the Hannah and Caylor families in 1982, where it was eventually donated to the City of Dalton in 2011. With funding from the City of Dalton and the Northwest Georgia Community Foundation, it was moved in July 2011 to its present location next to the Freight Depot at 305 S. Depot St.
In 2012, the Friends of the Crescent City group was formed to organize renovations to the car and to raise funds to do so. The intent is to utilize the rail car for a walk-through historical teaching exhibit about rail travel, rail cars and the people who made rail travel happen, space for meetings, parties, meals and perhaps a bed and breakfast-- all for added heritage tourism dollars for Dalton.
Though renovations are still underway, the Crescent City Car sits in historic Downtown Dalton as a reminder of the opulence and stateliness of an era where traveling by train was the finest way to get where you wanted to go.
Purchase your ornament this Saturday during Down Home Christmas. Many downtown merchants will be offering holiday deals, so head over and shop for everyone on your list this year.
Ornaments may be purchased at many downtown shops or in the Visitor Center in the Freight Depot at 305 S. Depot St. For more information or to place an order, call (706) 876-2557.