Train Depot - Thief River Falls MN
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Peter and Gloria
N 48° 07.163 W 096° 10.588
14U E 710127 N 5333425
Quick Description: This impressive Train Depot is on 3rd Street East at Atlantic Avenue in Thief River Falls, Minnesota.
Location: Minnesota, United States
Date Posted: 4/14/2012 6:19:04 AM
Waymark Code: WME7F9
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
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Long Description:
~ some info paraphrased from wikipedia ~
The Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad commonly called the Soo Line reached Thief River Falls in 1904. By 1913, the Soo Line's traffic dwarfed the traffic shipped by the Great Northern, and the company decided to build a large, impressive depot here.
The architects, William Kenyon and Maurice Maine, designed the building in the American Craftsman style. The structure measures 140 feet (43 m) by 50 feet (15 m) and is built of brick in a Flemish bond pattern. It has a cross-gambrel roof with shallow parapets and limestone copings. A limestone panel reading "Thief River Falls" stands above the east entrance and also at the south end of the building.
At its peak, 13 passenger trains arrived and departed each day. The building was in use as a passenger station until 1967, when the Soo Line discontinued passenger service. Local residents formed an organization to preserve the old depot, and in 1994-1995 the City of Thief River Falls renovated and remodeled the building to serve as the city hall (visit link) . The remodeling preserved important interior features such as the terrazzo floors and the wooden trim and doors in the passenger waiting area. Soo Line 1024 (visit link) , a 2-8-2 Mikado steam locomotive and the only preserved steam locomotive from the Monon Railroad, is on display outside the depot.

This Train Depot is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places (visit link) ,
Is the station/depot currently used for railroad purposes?: No

Is the station/depot open to the public?: Yes

If the station/depot is not being used for railroad purposes, what is it currently used for?:
Thief River Falls City Hall


What rail lines does/did the station/depot serve?: The Soo Line (The Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad)

Station/Depot Web Site: [Web Link]

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