Missouri Pacific Railroad Station - Washington, MO
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N 38° 33.706 W 091° 00.778
15S E 673124 N 4270019
Two markers, one for each depot, on this stand by the caboose.
Waymark Code: WMYZQ2
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 08/16/2018
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
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County of marker: Franklin County
Location of marker: Front St., Railroad Heritage Park, Washington
Erected by Washington Historical Society

Marker Text:

For several years, Washington's Mayor John J. Ernst, the city council and other officials repeatedly partitioned the Missouri Pacific Railway Company to build a new depot at Washington. Finally, work on the improvement was started early in 1923. Construction continued throughout that year, with a red tile roof put on the station in November 1923.

The Craftsman styled depot was designed by E.M. Tucker and was erected by J.G. Wuellner & Son of Alton, Illinois. Construction of the new depot, together with track changes and site preparation work, cost $52,000.

When the new station opened for service at noon Friday, January 4, 1924, it provided Washington with the most modern railway facility possible. The main waiting room was equipped with all modern devices for the comfort of travelers. The ticket and telegraph office adjoined the main waiting room on the west side with a small business office where trainmen received orders from the telegraph operators. Two large rooms for handling baggage and empress were on the west end of the depot. The walls throughout the interior of the new depot were of a buff color, while all the woodwork was stained in oak. A pavilion, 24 feet square, adorned the east side of the station.

This is the third depot constructed on this site. The first was destroyed by Confederate soldiers in 1864. The second, the 1865 frame depot, was moved west of this site and continued in use as a freight depot.

Rail passenger service was discontinued at Washington on April 30, 1971. In 1985 ownership of the railway station was transferred from Union Pacific Systems to the City of Washington.

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