Atlanta’s historic Zero Mile Post, which marks the location where the city’s first railroad ended, may get a new home in the next several months.
The post, which was installed in 1850 and later encompassed by a newly built building, holds historical significance because it marks the spot where the first rail line built here ended and marks the exact center of the city.
“The post itself was installed in 1850, our city’s original city limits were drawn from this point (in a circle) and Atlanta’s 1st and 2nd Union Depot was located here,” an email from Historic Atlanta, Inc. says. “The 2nd Union Depot was demolished around 1930 when the viaducts were completed. The post has remained in the ground underneath the Central Avenue viaduct ever since.”
According to the AJC, the building surrounding the monument is expected to be torn down as a result of construction in the area.
With that demolition, the post may be moved to a new location “for protection,” according to Historic Atlanta, Inc.
There’s fear that the potential move will compromise the purpose and historic integrity of the post that has stood for nearly 170 years.