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Fans try to save album cover landmark

Friday, December 29, 2000

ATHENS, Ga. - City officials are trying to decide what to do with an old trestle pictured on R.E.M.'s first album.

Fans of the rock band deluged the mayor's office with e-mail after they heard the trestle was to be torn down. The structure spans a creek near downtown Athens, the band's hometown, and is depicted on the back cover of "Murmur," the influential 1983 rock album.

Athens-Clarke County commissioners responded by voting in October to buy the trestle for $25,000.

Though several uses were proposed for the trestle, no plans have been approved. Possibilities include a bike trail, interpretive railroad history site and a landmark for the band.

Several groups have worked to raise money - so far, a little more than $2,500 - to help restore the trestle.

An R.E.M. fan raised most of the money by selling shirts and other R.E.M. paraphernalia on his Web site, www.murmurs.com.