Punta Gorda Atlantic Coast Line Depot - Punta Gorda, FL
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member rogueblack
N 26° 55.743 W 082° 02.759
17R E 396154 N 2979006
Quick Description: Owned and operated by the Punta Gorda Historical Society
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 3/20/2008 12:59:52 PM
Waymark Code: WM3DN3
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member deano1943
Views: 18

Long Description:
According to the Peace River Center for Writers website:

    The Depot, built in 1928, was the southernmost train station in the United States at that time. It is the only one remaining of six depots built by the Atlantic Coast Line in the Mediterranean Revival style then popular. Closed in 1971, the depot was vacant for many years. The late Fred Babcock acquired the building, and in 1996, he donated it to the Historical Society.

    The building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was designed mainly to handle freight. The passenger area occupies a small portion of the northern end of the building. The racially separate ticket windows, waiting areas, and bathrooms reflect the segregation practice at the time of its construction.

    The building interior has been restored, as current codes allowed, to its original state. The "colored" waiting room has been restored to its original condition; it is now the Bernice A. Russell Colored Waiting Room Museum. The Bernice A. Russell CDC prepares and presents the exhibits featuring the history and culture of African-Americans in Punta Gorda and Charlotte County. The "white waiting room" now includes a handicapped-accessible restroom and will also display historical exhibits. The freight room, loading dock and trackside dock will be as they were originally except for the new handicapped ramp, safety railings and entrance steps. Future plans visualize railroad cars exhibited on the sidings.
Street address:
1009 Taylor Road
Punta Gorda, FL USA

County / Borough / Parish: Charlotte

Year listed: 1990

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1925-1949

Historic function: Transportation, Rail-Related

Current function: Vacant/Not In Use

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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