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Plant City in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Plant City Union Depot
 
Plant City Union Depot Marker Photo, Click for full size
By AGS Media, July 29, 2011
1. Plant City Union Depot Marker
 
Inscription.
This property has been
placed on the

National Register
of Historic Places


by the United States
Department of the Interior

(Marker Number 75000558.)
 
Location. 28° 0.938′ N, 82° 7.31′ W. Marker is in Plant City, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker can be reached from North Palmer Street near East North Drane Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is mounted just outside the entrance to the depot building, which is now the Plant City Historic Downtown Welcome Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 102 North Palmer Street, Plant City FL 33563, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Town of Plant City (a few steps from this marker); Plant City High School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cow Cavalry (approx. 0.3 miles away); Glover School (approx. 5.7 miles away); The Oates Building (approx. 10.2 miles away); Polk Theatre and Office Building (approx. 10.2 miles away); Munn Park Historic District (approx. 10.3 miles away); Polk County Confederate Monument (approx. 10.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Plant City.
 
Regarding Plant City Union Depot. Plant City
 
Plant City Union Depot Marker Photo, Click for full size
By AGS Media, December 22, 2011
2. Plant City Union Depot Marker
The plaque is seen to the right of the post in the center.
 
(named for railroad magnate Henry B. Plant) grew up around the crossing of two significant Florida rail lines, commonly known as the "A-Line" and the "S-Line". What would become the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad's A-Line was built in 1884 by Plant's South Florida Railroad. The crossing came in 1890, when the Florida Central and Peninsular Railroad built the future Seaboard Air Line Railroad's S-Line.

The Plant City Union Depot was built at the site of this rail junction in 1908-09. As its "Union" name indicates, the station was built and shared by competing rail companies, the Atlantic Coast Line and Seaboard Air Line. A true union came in 1967 when the two merged to form the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad. Plant City Union Depot continued to service passenger and freight trains until 1971. Today, it houses the Plant City Historic Downtown Welcome Center, which includes a small railroad museum.

The red brick depot sits along the northwest corner of the intersecting tracks, and consists of a single-story passenger building and a two-story freight station. The passenger station originally included a second story control tower. The freight and passenger buildings originally sat across the S-Line tracks from each other, with the freight depot on the northeast corner of the rail junction. Sometime after 1976 it was moved across the tracks to its present site just north of
 
Plant City Union Depot Photo, Click for full size
By AGS Media, July 29, 2011
3. Plant City Union Depot
Now the Plant City Historic Downtown Welcome Center
 
the passenger station in order to build a second set of S-Line tracks. The depot was listed with the National Register of Historic Places on April 14, 1975 (# 75000558). The depot gained additional status as a Contributing Structure within the Downtown Plant City Commercial District when the NRHP added the historic district in 1993.

Plant City Union Depot was designed in the Eclectic style by architect Joseph F. Leitner. Leitner was a popular designer of railroad facilities including other Union Stations, like the one in nearby Tampa and in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Both stations are also listed with the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Also see . . .  Video: Plant City, Florida Railfanning. YouTube footage of Union Depot and Plant City trains from Danny Harmon of Distant Signal Productions (Submitted on January 15, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.) 
 
Plant City Union Depot Passenger Building Photo, Click for full size
By AGS Media, July 29, 2011
4. Plant City Union Depot Passenger Building
 
 
Plant City Union Depot Freight Building Photo, Click for full size
By AGS Media, July 29, 2011
5. Plant City Union Depot Freight Building
 
 
Plant City Union Depot Photo, Click for full size
By A. M. Windhorst, 1911
6. Plant City Union Depot
This photo shows the old control tower that sat atop the passenger station.
Courtesy: Florida Photographic Collection, State Library and Archives of Florida [RC06034]
 
 
Plant City Union Depot Photo, Click for full size
1924
7. Plant City Union Depot
The freight building (center) in its original location, across from the passenger station (left).
Courtesy: Florida Photographic Collection, State Library and Archives of Florida [PR08612]
 
 
Historic Train Depot Mural Photo, Click for full size
By AGS Media, July 29, 2011
8. Historic Train Depot Mural
A nearby mural depicts Union Depot.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on January 15, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 356 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on January 15, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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