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Washington in Franklin County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Missouri Pacific Railway Station

1923

 
 
Missouri Pacific Railway Station Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, September 11, 2017
1. Missouri Pacific Railway Station Marker
Inscription.  
For several years, Washington's Mayor John J. Ernst, the city council and other officials repeatedly petitioned the Missouri Pacific Railway Company to build a new depot at Washington. Finally, work on the improvement was started early in 1923. Construction continued throughout that year with a red tile roof put on station in November, 1923.

The craftsman styled depot was designed by E. M. Tucker and was erected by J.G. Wuellner & Son of Alton, Illinois. Construction of the new depot, together with track changes and site preparation work, cost $52,000.

When the new station opened for service at noon Friday, January 4, 1924, it provided Washington with the most modern railway facility possible. The main waiting room was equipped with all modern devices for the comfort of travelers. The ticket and telegraph office adjoined the main waiting room on the west side with a small business office where trainmen received orders from the telegraph operators. Two large rooms for handling baggage and express were on the west end of the depot. The walls throughout the interior of the new depot were of a buff color, while
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all the woodwork was stained in oak. A pavilion, 24 feet square, adorned the east side of the station.

This is the third depot constructed on this site. The first was destroyed by Confederate soldiers in 1864. The second, the 1865 frame depot, was moved west of this site and continued in use as a freight depot.

Rail passenger service was discontinued at Washington on April 30, 1971. In 1985 ownership of the railway station was transferred from Union Pacific Systems to the City of Washington.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1923.
 
Location. 38° 33.71′ N, 91° 0.78′ W. Marker is in Washington, Missouri, in Franklin County. Marker is on West Front Street east of Cedar Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, in front of the MO-PAC caboose exhibit, just west of the 1923 Missouri Pacific Railway Station. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 325 West Front Street, Washington MO 63090, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1865 Missouri Pacific Railroad Depot (here, next to this marker); The Civil War Comes to Washington (a few steps from this marker); Henry A. Hartbauer (a few steps from this marker); Washington's Railroad History (within shouting
Marker detail: Missouri Pacific Railway Station at Washington, Missouri, circa 1935 image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Missouri Pacific Railway Station at Washington, Missouri, circa 1935
distance of this marker); Pacific House (within shouting distance of this marker); Pacific Railroad Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); Missouri Pacific Passenger Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); Missouri Meerschaum Company (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Washington.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a large metal plaque, mounted on a waist-high steel post.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Missouri Pacific Railroad Depot, Washington, Missouri
 
Also see . . .  The Historic Missouri Pacific Railroad Depot. This Missouri Pacific depot was built in 1923 by the railroad’s E.M. Tucker. This traditional brick station building provides a waiting room for passengers as well as housing Washington’s Visitor Center and the Mid-Missouri Fine Arts Gallery. Outside, the wide eaves of the hipped roof, with their decoratively braced brackets, flank the central closed gable on the street side and the extended bay for the station manager on the track side. The bay’s second
Missouri Pacific Railway Station Marker (<i>red MO-PAC caboose in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, September 11, 2017
3. Missouri Pacific Railway Station Marker (red MO-PAC caboose in background)
story is capped by an octagonal roof, and darker brick quoins decorate the red brick exterior. The station is included in the city’s historic district. (Submitted on August 7, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Missouri Pacific Railway Station Marker (<i>wide view; marker visible at left</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, September 11, 2017
4. Missouri Pacific Railway Station Marker (wide view; marker visible at left)
1923 Missouri Pacific Railway Station (<i>east side view; station located east of the marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, September 11, 2017
5. 1923 Missouri Pacific Railway Station (east side view; station located east of the marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 185 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 7, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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