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Downing Station - Downing , MO
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 40° 28.953 W 092° 22.142
15T E 553478 N 4481508
Quick Description: A railroad station was the door to the future and, the entrance to the outside world for a small frontier community.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 10/10/2019 4:43:13 AM
Waymark Code: WM11EVE
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member pmaupin
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Long Description:

County of museum: Schuyler County
Location of museum: just W. of Bondurant St., 1 block W. of MO A (Stone St), city park, Downing

  "The elongated gable roof extends the full length of the combination passenger & freight railroad station, capping the projecting rectangular ticket bay in the center of the N facade and extending over the brick platform to form a wide overhanging eave. This eave 1s supported on ornate cross stickwork brackets accented by drop pendants & circular members in the upper V of the joint (See photos 3 & 4 for details). These brackets are distinctly different. Decorative pressed metal shingles, which are original to the building, continue to cover the roof. Vertical board & batten siding with horizontal tongue & groove panels below sheath the exterior wall surfaces. Carved segmentally arched hoodmolds top the attenuated double hung four-over-four windows & the transoms of the single leaf entrances in the passenger (W) section of the depot. These are repeated on the S facade in the center office section, but those on the N facade of this section do not have the ornate lintels. On both the N & S facades of the (E) freight section there are large sliding doors. The building now rests ona cement block,& concrete foun dation. The' platfortn of .:Purington Payer" bracks was removed from the original site & reset-in the herringbone-'pattern ;aToihg 0the ;lN"8 W facade and .on the West end of the S facade. The' only "addition'to ihe exterior 6f the depot is the bell which sits astride the ridge of the roof.

  "he depot is now used as a museum. Primitive:tools & farm equipment are housed in the E section with display cases, artifacts, photos & memorabilia located in the W section. The center section is a storage area. Located in a park setting, the depot now sits less than 1/4 mile from the railroad tracks on a hill & faces N. It is in the SW part of the rural community of Downing. Outbuildings include a small wooden outbuilding to the SE; a restroom facility & the small city jail, which has been moved to this site, to the E of the depot; and a gravel parking area & metal storage shed to the N of the brick platform, extends E parallel to the platform to a point 10' E of the NE corner of the platform, then S on a line parallel to the E facade of the building to a point 20' S of the SE corner of the building, then W on a line parallel to the S facade to a point 10' W of the SW corner of the brick platform, then N on a lin°.. parallel to the platform to a point 10' N of the NW corner of the brick platform, then E 10' to the beginning point." ~ NRHP Nomination Form

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