Friday, December 10, 2010

Small to Huge - Depots Along the Road

More depots from our September/October trip... This is the former Missouri-Pacific passenger depot in Carthage Missouri. It now serves as the offices of the Missouri & Northern Arkansas Railroad, a short line railroad with a main line from Kansas City MO to Newport AR. With time at a premium, we didn't locate the former Carthage MOPAC freight depot or the St. Louis-San Francisco (Frisco) passenger station.

This is the former Missouri & Northern Arkansas passenger railway depot in Wheaton MO. As recently as 2006, this depot was falling apart with grass growing on the roof. The community rallied to completely rebuild it. The Barry County Depot Museum is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The former Mound City Kansas Missouri-Pacific passenger station is now part of the Mound City Historical Park. The station was built in 1886. The park includes a number of historical buildings. The last train through Mound City was in July, 1945. Of significance is the fact that this train brought 10,000 light poles for use in completing the Rural Electrification Project in Linn County.

This grand building is the Union Station in Kansas City Missouri. It has 850,000 sq. ft. of space and it had over 900 rooms. At it's peak during WWII, as many as a million passengers came through the station in a year. The north waiting room could hold 10,000 people at a time. The building was closed in the early 1980's but it's renovation was completed in 1999.

This magnificent building now contains an Amtrak Station and a permanent railroad exhibit entitled the "Kansas City Railroad Experience". The building is now home to restaurants, shops, a planetarium, Smithsonian Traveling Exhibits, an interactive science center named "Science City and both movie and live theaters.

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