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Manhattan's Union Pacific Depot - Revived

The Beginnings of Business

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., May 17, 2012
1. Manhattan's Union Pacific Depot - Revived Marker
Inscription.

Construction of the Union Pacific depot began the first week of August, 1901; seventy years later, the last passenger train pulled out of the station. In 1993 a community effort to preserve the depot began to take shape, and a year later the Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance was formed with the depot renovation as one of its main goals.

Restoration occurred in three phases - over an eleven-year timespan - culminating with the dedication of the restored facility in the summer of 2006.

The depot is now available for public use by contacting the Manhattan Parks and Rec offices at: 785.587.2757

[Photo captions, from top to bottom, read]
The Manhattan Union Pacific Depot is a survivor. Waters from the flood of 1951 were over six feet deep in the building, with the fast-moving current gouging a large hole in the platform. A fire in 1981 did significant damage to the roof, and from the mid 1980s until the restoration stood as an empty shell with no apparent use.

Roosevelt Visits Manhattan
A visit from the president was unquestionably the highlight of 1903 for Manhattan residents. Theodore Roosevelt had been in office roughly 20 months when his whistle-stop tour arrived here before the 1904 election.

Mahattan Celebrates the Dedication
President Roosevelt's visit is

Photo on Manhattan's Union Pacific Depot - Revived Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1920s
2. Photo on Manhattan's Union Pacific Depot - Revived Marker
re-enacted by City Commissioner Jim Sherow, to the right is 1903 Mayor Caulderhead portrayed by City Commissioner Bruce Snead.

Tower Illustration: The Depot's Crown Restored
The signature piece of the restored depot is the tower. Phase Three of restoration included a total reconstruction of the tower that had been removed in a 1938 remodel.

Credits:
Riley County Historical Society
Michael Mecseri
Bruce McMillan AIA Architects, P.A.
 
Erected by City of Manhattan.
 
Location. 39° 10.507′ N, 96° 33.61′ W. Marker is in Manhattan, Kansas, in Riley County. Marker is at the intersection of 3rd Street and Blue Earth Place, on the left when traveling south on 3rd Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 410 South 3rd Street, Manhattan KS 66502, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Change & Growth (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Yuma Street (about 500 feet away); Colorado Street (about 700 feet away); The American Veteran (approx. 0.3 miles away); Riley County Courthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Carnegie Library

Postcard Photo on Manhattan's Union Pacific Depot - Revived Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, Unknown
3. Postcard Photo on Manhattan's Union Pacific Depot - Revived Marker
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Amanda Arnold Arch (approx. 0.4 miles away); Damon Runyon (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Manhattan.
 
Also see . . .
1. Union Pacific Depot, Manhattan KS. (Submitted on February 12, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Manhattan's Union Pacific Depot Virtual Tour. (Submitted on February 12, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. History of Manhattan's Union Pacific Depot. (Submitted on February 12, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Photo on Manhattan's Union Pacific Depot - Revived Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, 1903
4. Photo on Manhattan's Union Pacific Depot - Revived Marker
Manhattan's Union Pacific Depot - Revived Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 17, 2012
5. Manhattan's Union Pacific Depot - Revived Marker
Depot is background distance
Manhattan's Union Pacific Depot image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 17, 2012
6. Manhattan's Union Pacific Depot
Manhattan's Union Pacific Depot Trackside View image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 17, 2012
7. Manhattan's Union Pacific Depot Trackside View
Manhattan's Union Pacific Depot image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 17, 2012
8. Manhattan's Union Pacific Depot
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 181 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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