Athens area residents discuss fate of R.E.M. rail trestle

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The fate of an old railroad trestle made famous by Athens’ most famous band, R.E.M., is being discussed in the northeast Georgia town.

The question of what to do with the trestle — and how it might be saved for its historic value — is resurfacing as plans unfold for a new rail-trail that will follow an old railroad bed.

Officials say the landmark trestle is not part of the rail-trail project, leaving its future uncertain.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports ( that the trestle has been linked with R.E.M. since the mid-1980s, when it was featured on the back cover of the band’s “Murmur” album.

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