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This Month in Georgia History

November 12, 2012

On his 27th to Georgia, President Franklin D. Roosevelt traveled by train from Washington, D.C. to Savannah to mark the commemoration of Georgia’s bicentennial. He arrived at Savannah’s Union station on the morning of Nov. 18, 1933. Roosevelt left in the train station in a motorcade that drove through downtown Savannah. Riding with FDR in his open-air limo were Savannah mayor Thomas Gamble, Georgia governor Eugene Talmadge, and Roosevelt’s mother, Sara.

Savannah’s Union station was built in 1902 and served the city until 1963 when it was demolished to accommodate the Interstate 16 “fly over” and associated entry and exit ramps for Savannah.

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