Athens, Georgia: R.E.M. Murmur Railroad Trestle

Fans still seek out the kudzu-choked railroad trestle that appeared on the cover of R.E.M.'s 1983 debut album "Murmur." Acknowledged by Athens as an important landmark -- at least since the B-52's Love Shack burnt down.
Address:
S. Poplar St., Athens, GA
Directions:
In Dudley Park on the northeast side of the city, off of Athens Perimeter Hwy exit 8. You can either enter the park off of E. Broad St., drive in about a quarter mile, and literally drive under the trestle, or you can drive to the end of the trestle on the west side of S. Poplar St. just north of Oak St.
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Murmur trestle.

R.E.M. Murmur Railroad Trestle

Short hike on paved trail!

[HEG, 04/27/2014]

The old train trestle that served as cover art for R.E.M.'s first album is persists as a magnet for the band's pilgrims.

R.E.M. Murmur Railroad Trestle

Not long ago a piece of land was sold to developers outside of Athens, GA. This piece of land happened to have the railroad trestle featured on the back cover of the 1983 R.E.M. album "Murmur". Since R.E.M. is one of Athens "claims to fame," a movement was started from R.E.M. fans to save the trestle, which could only be done by purchasing the land back from developers -- who wanted to tear the trestle down.

On October 2, 2000 the town of Athens voted to save the trestle as an attraction for future generations. This kind of isn't a "roadside" attraction as I hear it involved a short hike to actually reach the trestle, but you may as well visit it. The citizen of Athens, Clarke County GA, and R.E.M. fans worldwide have spent millions to preserve it... so it must be SOMETHING worth seeing.

[Greg Brown, 12/24/2000]

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