The first depot in Odum was built by the East Tennessee, Virginia & Georgia Railroad in 1888. (The area was first known as Haslam, and for a time as Satilla, for the nearby Little Satilla Creek, and finally came to be known as Odum, for pioneer settler Godfrey Odum, in 1880). After being destroyed by fire in 1904, it was replaced with this Southern Railway structure in 1905. In 1969, a Southern Railway official bought the depot and moved it to Jesup, where it remained for over 30 years. An effort to relocate it in Odum began in 1992 and with a Transportation Enhancement Grant and lots of community donations and enthusiasm, it was returned to its rightful home in 2002. I’m always amazed by what a little civic pride and love of place can do for a community; nearby Ludowici has recently decided not to save their old depot in any meaningful way, which is a shame. I hope they will find a way. Many others have taken the same path and it speaks to a the larger loss of cultural landmarks everywhere. They can’t be replaced.