Warren County Quarry Sponsors Camak Railroad Days

Warren County Quarry Sponsors Camak Railroad Days

Since its existence is due to the building of a line of railroad from Augusta to Athens with branches to Madison and Eatonton, it’s only fitting that the town of Camak, GA honor its history and preserve its future with an annual event called Railroad Days.  Railroad Days is scheduled for the first Saturday in April each year.  The celebration is a way to raise money for the preservation of historical buildings in this charming little railroad community. Camak is the home to Midsouth Aggregate’s Warren County Quarry.  The quarry is a proud sponsor of this community event every year.  We help raise money by offering rides into the quarry on the locomotive that we use at the quarry for loading aggregates into rail cars. In 2013, Warren County Quarry raised $3,400 for Railroad Days through donations and locomotive tours. Quarry equipment is displayed along with custom cars and historic railroad memorabilia for visitors to see. Many local residents choose to ride the locomotive for a unique view of the quarry and to hear about how rock is produced and loaded. For those who prefer air-conditioned comfort, we also offer a free narrated bus tour approximately every half-hour. These tours proved very popular at the quarry’s first Open House and remain a big hit each year. The event also includes vendors with all sorts of interesting wares, lots of tantalizing food, great music and an inflatable playground for the kids. Over 1,000 people usually attend the festival. One of the preservation projects funded by the event is Mayes Cemetery located in the heart of Camak near US Highway 80.  The site has been cleared of all overgrown vegetation, preparation to make necessary tombstone repairs, and install a fence around the area.  Once completed, the site will qualify for a Georgia Historical Marker.  An upcoming renovation project is the Camak Switching Station building.

Touring the locomotive

 

Viewing the quarry from inside a bus

Viewing the quarry from inside a bus

Another view from inside the bus tour

Another view from inside the bus tour

Viewing a mound of 57's

Viewing a mound of 57’s