Smyrna, Georgia, Will Not Declare January 31, 2022, as Atlanta Northern Railway Day

SMYRNA, Georgia — Officials here have declined to proclaim January 31, 2022, as Atlanta Northern Railway Day.

The date would coincide with the 75th anniversary of the end of Atlanta Northern operations. Editor Todd DeFeo asked city officials to issue a proclamation to coincide with his next book, which chronicles the interurban line’s history. The Atlanta Northern operated between Atlanta and Marietta from 1905 to 1947 and served cities such as Smyrna.

City insiders say elected officials are preoccupied by a controversial downtown redevelopment project and a hullabaloo over what to do with a local landmark, Aunt Fanny’s Cabin.

DeFeo was slated to kick off promotion of the book on Jan. 9 at the library in Smyrna. However, the library rescheduled that appearance to April 3 because of COVID-19.

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