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Little Rock in Pulaski County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Choctaw Route Station

(1899)

 
 
Choctaw Route Station Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, August 7, 2018
1. Choctaw Route Station Marker
Inscription.  Constructed in 1899, the Choctaw Route Station served as a passenger depot for the Choctaw, Oklahoma and Gulf Railroad Company, before becoming the property of the Rock Island Railroad in 1902. The station served as a major passenger terminal on the Rock Island line until the mid-1950s. The terminal building housed two waiting rooms, a baggage room, restaurant and dining room. With a highly decorative terra cotta frieze surrounding the second story, this turn-of-the-century railroad depot remains one of the finest examples of railroad architecture in Arkansas.

Rock Island Railroad Service along the Choctaw Route officially ended in 1967 and the station went on to house a restaurant, nightclub, and church until the mid-1990s.

The area surrounding the Choctaw Station was a warehouse district in 1997 when President Clinton chose this site to construct the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park. The Clinton Center opened November 18, 2004, and the Choctaw Station became the headquarters of the William J. Clinton Foundation and home of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, which offers the nation's
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first Master of Public Service Degree.

The Choctaw Station is called Sturgis Hall in recognition of a major renovation grant from the Roy and Christine Sturgis Trust.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationGovernment & PoliticsRailroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #42 William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1899.
 
Location. 34° 44.727′ N, 92° 15.554′ W. Marker is in Little Rock, Arkansas, in Pulaski County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Dean Kumpuris Street and East 3rd Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1200 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock AR 72201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alexander George House (a few steps from this marker); Clinton Presidential Park Bridge History (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Curran Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Augustus Hill Garland (approx. 0.4 miles away); Tuf-Nut Lofts (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bechle Apartment Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Porbeck & Bowman Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Concordia Hall and Jewish Life in Little Rock (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Little Rock.
Choctaw Route Station Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, August 7, 2018
2. Choctaw Route Station Marker
 
Choctaw Route Station Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, August 7, 2018
3. Choctaw Route Station Marker
University of Arkansas Clinton School Alma Mater image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, August 7, 2018
4. University of Arkansas Clinton School Alma Mater
We will build the bridge with great hope and earnest supply This is our promise to all and ourselves We will build the bridge with the poor and the weak We will build the bridge with those who cannot speak We will build the bridge with between all divides We will build the bridge with so we all can be side by side And with great knowledge and expectations This is our calling to serve all mankind We will build the bridge with those who live in fear We will build the bridge with all that we hold dear We will build the bridge with between all divides We will build the bridge with so we all can be side by side ---David Watterson, Class of 2011
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 10, 2018, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 411 times since then and 101 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 10, 2018, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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