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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October 31st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

FDR Train Rolls Through Clemson

(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Today’s photos are from Friday, April 13, 1945 in Clemson, South Carolina.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the 32nd President of the United States (1933–1945) and a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century, leading the United States during a time of worldwide economic depression and total war. On the afternoon of April 12, Roosevelt said, "I have a terrific pain in the back of my head." He then slumped forward in his chair, and at 3:35 pm that day, Roosevelt died.

On the morning of April 13, Roosevelt's body was placed in a flag-draped coffin and loaded onto the presidential train, which made its way from Warm Springs, GA to Washington, DC. The train passed through many towns, including Clemson, to crowds that lined the tracks to pay their respect.

As you can see from the photos, close to a thousand people lined the area around the Clemson Depot. The interesting thing about Roosevelt's trips to Warm Springs, GA was that he probably passed through Clemson many times over the years. The railroad line through Clemson belonged to the Southern Railway, at the time one of the most innovative and modern railroads in the south.

The Southern Railway line through Clemson was (and still is) considered the main line between Washington DC and Atlanta. If you've ever lived near that track you'll notice the huge amount of traffic that still runs on it.

The Clemson depot is still there and was built in 1916. You'll notice in the photo that the depot was closer to the tracks than it is today. This is because many years ago the City of Clemson moved it away from the tracks.

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