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Hyde Park in Dutchess County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Hyde Park Train Station

 
 
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1. Hyde Park Train Station Marker
Inscription.  Welcome to the Hyde Park Train Station. For more than a century, passenger trains traveling on the New York Central Railroad's New York City to Albany line stopped at this station. The first station on this site was completed in 1851. President Abraham Lincoln passed Hyde Park on the way to his inauguration in 1861 and his funeral train passed by in 1865. From this came the famous Legend of the Ghost Train, where locals recall seeing a ghost of Lincoln's train riding the rails. As a result of expansion of the rail lines in 1914, the 1851 station was demolished and the current station was built in the Mission style. The architects of the Hyde Park Station, Reed and Stem and Warren and Wetmore, were the same who designed Grand Central Terminal in New York City. The station was fitted with electric wiring, but did not receive electricity for several more years. From 1929 to 1932, President Franklin D. Roosevelt used the station during trips from his home in Hyde Park to Albany as governor of New York. In 1939, the King and Queen of England used the station during their visit with FDR at Hyde Park for the famous "Hot Dog Picnic." FDR's funeral train
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2. Hyde Park Train Station Marker
used the station in 1945 for his burial at his home, Springwood. After more than a century of continuous use, New York Central discontinued regular passenger service to Hyde Park in 1953. In 1958, the abandoned station was sold to the Town of Hyde Park. In the early 1970's the youth of Hyde Park asked the Town to let them use the station as a teen center. After cleaning up the station, they lost interest and the Town prepared to demolish the abandoned station. In 1975, the Hudson Valley Railroad Society gained possession of the derelict station and began restoration work. Since then, the HVRRS has diligently repaired and restored the building to its original condition. The society maintains visiting hours at the station and hosts special events open to the public. The station's museum is filled with historical photographs and railroad memorabilia.

Timeline
c. 1851
The first station is built on this site. It is slightly smaller than the current station.
1861
Abraham Lincoln's inauguration train passes by Hyde Park on its way to Washington D.C.
1865
President Abraham Lincoln's Funeral Train passes by Hyde Park on its tour through the northeast.
1914
The current station is constructed in response to two additional tracks being added to the main line.
1930's
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
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By Cosmos Mariner, July 2, 2019
3. Hyde Park Train Station Marker
(marker on right • Hudson River behind Train Station)
uses the station to travel to Albany as governor of New York.
1939
President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the King and Queen of England use the station during their visit to Hyde Park.
1945
FDR's Funeral Train arrives back in Hyde Park for his burial.
1953
Regular passenger service to Hyde Park is suspended.
1958
The abandoned station is sold to the Town of Hyde Park.
1970's
Hyde Park youth use the station as a teen center, but soon lose interest.
1975
The Hudson Valley Railroad Society takes possession of the station and begins restoration efforts.
2014
The current station celebrates its centennial.

(photo captions)
The current station was built in 1914
Black buntings being placed on the station in preparation for FDRs funeral train.
Abandoned Station in 1966.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #32 Franklin D. Roosevelt series lists.
 
Location. 41° 47.244′ N, 73° 56.782′ W. Marker is in Hyde Park, New York, in Dutchess County. Marker
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By Cosmos Mariner, July 2, 2019
4. Hyde Park Train Station
can be reached from River Road 0.1 miles south of West Market Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located beside the Hyde Park Train Station, about 6/10 mile east of Albany Post Road (US Highway 9) via Main Street, West Market Street, and River Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 34 River Road, Hyde Park NY 12538, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hyde Park RR Station (a few steps from this marker); Hyde Park World War I Monument (approx. half a mile away); Hyde Park Vietnam War Monument (approx. half a mile away); Hyde Park World War II Korean War Monument (approx. half a mile away); Those Who Served (approx. half a mile away); Reformed Dutch (approx. 0.6 miles away); Reformed Dutch Church Hyde Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); Walk To Freedom (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hyde Park.
 
Regarding Hyde Park Train Station. National Register of Historic Places #81000403. 1914 station was where Roosevelt received King George VI and Queen Elizabeth; today a rail museum.
 
Also see . . .  A brief history of the Hyde Park Station. Video - 4 min. 35 seconds. (Professional quality video presentation by the The Hudson Valley Railroad Society) (Submitted on March 21, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Hyde Park Train Station • <i>southwest corner</i> image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 2, 2019
5. Hyde Park Train Station • southwest corner
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By Cosmos Mariner, July 2, 2019
6. Hyde Park Train Station
(looking west Hudson River in background)
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By Cosmos Mariner, July 2, 2019
7. Hyde Park Train Station NRHP Plaque
Hyde Park RR Station
Has Been Placed On The
National Register
Of Historic Places
By The United States
Department of the Interior
Built 1914
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 21, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 101 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on March 21, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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