Mystery safe opened and it turns up empty
By JOHN A. WINTERS
A hoped-for historical discovery didn’t pan out, as only old air and rusty water were found in a more than 150-year-old safe opened Thursday.
The safe was discovered on July 27 by construction crews excavating a new parking lot at the historic Train Depot between East Broad and East Washington streets in downtown Newnan.
Gina Snider, public information officer for the city of Newnan, said workers used everything from a small jackhammer to hammers and chisels to remove a thick outer layer of corrosion.
“Everything was rusted out,” she said. “It took a long time just to get that outer layer off.
“When they finally opened it, a ton of rusted water came out,” she added. “There wasn’t anything else.”
Plans are to bring the safe back to Newnan and let the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society take a look at it and see if it’s something they would want.
“If they do not, the mayor and city council will decide what to do with it,” she said.