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Watertown in Codington County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Old M. & ST. L. Depot Museum

 
 
Old M. & ST. L. Depot Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, November 8, 2015
1. Old M. & ST. L. Depot Museum Marker
Inscription. This depot, originally the Rock Island Lines New Passenger Station and Division Office Building. Was erected as a joint venture of the Rock Island, and the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroads in 1912 for $50,000.00.

Over the years, it has been owned by the M. & St. L. and by the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company. It was closed in 1984 and was sold to the Codington County Historical Society, Inc. for use as a museum in 1985.

Although Watertown's first depot was a box car, the first depot building was located one block east of this marker. Watertown grew outward from this site. Original town lots were platted parallel to the railroad tracks passing by these depots.

There was much activity at this depot during its earliest years, when much of West River South Dakota was being settled. Many World Wars I and II troops passed through its doors in later years. Although much freight and mail were handled, it was a main passenger station.

This building and site are listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Erected by State of South Dakota.
 
Location. 44° 54.197′ N, 97° 6.793′ W. Marker is in Watertown

Old M. & ST. L. Depot Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, November 8, 2015
2. Old M. & ST. L. Depot Museum Marker
, South Dakota, in Codington County. Marker is on North Broadway, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is located just outside the old depot with a sign of the Chicago and North Western Railroad and the City of Watertown. The depot is now an office building with First Dakota Title-Watertown as the only tenant. Marker is at or near this postal address: 168 N Broadway, Watertown SD 57201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Codington County Courthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Watertown (approx. one mile away).
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers
 
Old M. & ST. L. Depot Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, November 8, 2015
3. Old M. & ST. L. Depot Museum Marker
Old M. & ST. L. Depot Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, November 8, 2015
4. Old M. & ST. L. Depot Museum Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 146 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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