Owatonna in Steele County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Rock Island Railway Station 1901
Owatonna, Minnesota 1985
Built around 1900, it served as both a passenger and freight depot. It saw men and women off to serve their country in World War I, World War II, the Korean conflict and Vietnam. Some inevitably saw their families here for the last time. It was the site of several Presidential visits, including Taft, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower. It was a gathering place to a myriad of people traveling to destinations all over the United States. Open at all hours of the day, every day of the year it always provided warmth and security to many a weary traveler.
It is for these reasons that we erect this monument to commemorate this site and remember the people that passed through its' doors on their life's journeys and also to honor the people that were a part of the great Rock Island Railway System.
Our heartfelt thanks to our contributors:
Owatonna, Clinton Falls, and Northern Railway System
Steele County Historical Society
Martin's Cycling and Fitness
The City of Owatonna
Southern Minnesota Construction Company
Owatonna Chamber of Commerce
Rock Island System
Location. 44° 5.214′ N, 93° 13.872′ W. Marker is in Owatonna, Minnesota, in Steele County. Marker is on Riverside Drive 0.1 miles north of Hillsdale Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 Riverside Drive, Owatonna MN 55060, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. National Farmer's Bank of Owatonna (approx. 0.3 miles away); Medford's Last Carriage Stone (approx. 6.1 miles away); Minnesota State Schools (approx. 7 miles away).
More about this marker. Parking is along Riverside Drive.
Also see . . .
1. Owatonna Walking Tour. Link to Walking Tour Brochure. (Submitted on October 11, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
2. Owatonna Chamber of Commerce & Tourism. Link to the official site. (Submitted on October 11, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
3. Rock Island Railroad History. Official History of the Railroad (Submitted on October 11, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
Categories. • Notable Buildings • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. This page has been viewed 920 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.