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Former Freight Depot - Wagoner, OK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hamquilter
N 35° 57.440 W 095° 22.634
15S E 285611 N 3981828
Quick Description: This abandoned freight depot stands at the intersection of two railroad lines.
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date Posted: 5/2/2018 1:28:49 PM
Waymark Code: WMY6XB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
Views: 1

Long Description:
On the south side of the downtown area between S. Main and Railroad Blvd., this old frame freight depot was once a thriving place. Today it stands as a reminder of those former days. This is a one-story frame building with asbestos siding, and a wide overhanging eave on the east side. It is vacant and in poor condition with rotted wood, and many areas missing shingles. The railroad lines are still active, however, and run just west of the depot.

The Union Pacific website gives this write-up on Wagoner: "Wagoner was named for Henry "Bigfoot" Wagoner, a dispatcher with the Katy Railroad in Parsons, Kan., who saw the need for building a railroad switch a few miles north of Gibson Station. The request was granted and switch was built. When Roadmaster Perry telegraphed the message "Wagoner's Switch is ready," the town had its name.

The town sprang up in 1887 when William and Sallie McAnally opened a lunch counter and hotel at the crossroads of the M-K-T and MoPac. Other railroads came and went over the years, but Wagoner remains at the crossroads of the two lines, both now operated by the Union Pacific. Wagoner, from its very beginning, has been a Train Town US."

Is the station/depot currently used for railroad purposes?: No

Is the station/depot open to the public?: No

If the station/depot is not being used for railroad purposes, what is it currently used for?:
Vacant


What rail lines does/did the station/depot serve?: M-K-T and MoPac

Station/Depot Web Site: Not listed

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