Texarkana - Jonesboro LbNA # 61968
|Owner||The Silly 6|
|Placed Date||May 28 2012|
|Location||Train Depot, 104 N Main St., Jonesboro, GA|
In 1977 “Smokey and the Bandit” came out featuring most of the town of Jonesboro, GA including its train depot. The depot looks much like it did in the movie, except for a sign on it designating the city as "Texarkana". The infamous black Trans-Am of the "Bandit" (Burt Reynolds) and the tractor-trailer of Cledus Snow aka "The Snowman" (Jerry Reed) entered the town on Main Street to pick up 400 cases of Coors beer to begin the chase of Smokey and the Bandit. Today you can see many of the places where the movie was shot in Jonesboro and all over other towns of Georgia. And you can follow the clues below to find “Texarkana – Jonesboro” to learn just one of the many historical points of interest of Jonesboro, GA.
Smokeys chasing you in his Texas bubblegum machine. Speed on down to the Texarkana Train Depot. On Main Street, stretch your legs and park near the 2 brick pillars honoring Larry Foster, Sr. From here you can see the scene of Bandit and Snowman’s arrival to pick up their load in Texarkana. Watch out Smokeys behind you, race on down the concrete path to the train depot. Climb the 4 steps and hang a right, then left to hide behind the building. Keep the pedal to the metal, going down the ramp and past the old ticket windows of the depot. You’re almost in the clear, but don’t stop here. Keep moving forward and you can finally rest on “Hope”. You and Bandit have eluded the county mounties once more. Look in your passenger mirror and your loot can be found at the base of the tree.
While you are at this letterbox you can also visit the Road To Tara Museum. Whether you are Gone With The Wind fan, or a Civil War buff or lover of history, you will find something to enjoy at the Road To Tara Museum, located in Jonesboro’s 1867 Historic Train Depot. Nowhere can the impact of Margaret Mitchell’s literary tribute to her ancestral home—and the classic 1939 film based on it—be felt more deeply than in this museum. The Road To Tara Museum is open Mon.-Fri. from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Sat. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $7 adults, $6 seniors and children. The last tickets to the museum are sold 45 minutes before closing. Exit 228 off I-75, follow the brown signs to the Road to Tara Museum and Gone With The Wind historic district.
For more information about the museum go to their website http://www.visitscarlett.com/roadtotaramuseum.html .