The Home of The General
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The Museum is the Home of the General and much much more!!|
Welcome to www.locomotivegeneral.com Interactive Tour and Digital Photo Archive!
Our focus is the Civil War steam locomotive "General" and the history of the museum complex that has displayed this historic train for three generations. We are currently displaying over 600 images in an attempt to express the glory of the steam locomotive "General". Many of these images present the General's impact on our communty and the selfless, countless contributions made by individuals, government and the business sector that made it all possible. Our collection is a continuing project in digital history and is by no means complete.
The return of the "General" to Kennesaw was an exhilerating moment in our history. The struggle for possession of the world famous locomotive is a matter of public record and legend. On February 19th 1972, the General ceremoniously moved into the recently donated and renovated Frey Cotton Gin Building (next to the tracks in downtown Kennesaw) and was named the Big Shanty Museum "Home of the General". The "General" immediately became a source of civic pride and the focal point for community events and history. A continuous stream of visitors come to visit "Our Train" each leaving with lasting memories and a sense of past events, Civil War history and "The Great Locomotive Chase".
In the early 1990s, in an attempt to expand historical focus, the museum was renamed the "Kennesaw Civil War Museum". New exhibits were added to embrace this new theme. The Museum continued to provide education, entertainment and tourism to the community. It remained the focal point for annual festivals and a resource for the entire community. Over 20,000 visitors toured the museum yearly. In November of 2001 the Kennesaw Civil War Museum was closed and thus ended 29 years of Public service.
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|Portraits in Gray: A Civil War Photography Exhibition
Guest Curator David Vaughan lends his collection of rare original photographs of Confederate soldiers to help visitors get a glimpse of the men and boys involved in this tragic chapter of American history. July 14 – Dec. 31, 2007. This exhibit is a part of the prestigious Smithsonian Institution Affiliation Program Exhibits.
|E. Warren Clark|
(on Cow Catcher) photographer and lecturer, located the "General" in 1892 on a siding at Vinings,GA. He had the idea of restoring "General" and exhibiting it at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. This led to "General" being on display for over 100 years!
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