Owatonna in Steele County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Rock Island Railway Station 1901
Owatonna, Minnesota 1985
Built around 1900, it served as both a passenger and freight depot. It saw men and women off to serve their country in World War I, World War II, the Korean conflict and Vietnam. Some inevitably saw their families here for the last time. It was the site of several Presidential visits, including Taft, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower. It was a gathering place to a myriad of people traveling to destinations all over the United States. Open at all hours of the day, every day of the year it always provided warmth and security to many a weary traveler.
It is for these reasons that we erect this monument to commemorate this site and remember the people that passed
Our heartfelt thanks to our contributors:
The Owatonna Foundation
Owatonna, Clinton Falls, and Northern Railway System
Steele County Historical Society
Martin's Cycling and Fitness
The City of Owatonna
Southern Minnesota Construction Company
Owatonna Chamber of Commerce
Rock Island System
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Buildings • Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #27 William Howard Taft, the Former U.S. Presidents: #32 Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Former U.S. Presidents: #33 Harry S. Truman, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #34 Dwight D. Eisenhower series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1900.
Location. 44° 5.214′ N, 93° 13.872′ W. Marker is in Owatonna, Minnesota, in Steele County. Marker is on Riverside Drive 0.1 miles north of Hillsdale Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 Riverside Drive, Owatonna MN 55060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. National Farmer's Bank of Owatonna (approx. 0.3 miles away); Minnesota State Public School for Dependent and Neglected ChildrenHistory of State School Rock Garden (approx. 0.4 miles away); History of the State School Root Cellar (approx. half a mile away); History of the State Public School Children’s Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); The T-38 Talon Thunderbird Jets are moved to Owatonna Degner Regional Airport (approx. 2˝ miles away); The Story of the Three T-38 Talon Thunderbird Jets (approx. 2˝ miles away); Medford's Last Carriage Stone (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Owatonna.
More about this marker. Parking is along Riverside Drive.
Also see . . . Owatonna Chamber of Commerce & Tourism. Link to the official site. (Submitted on October 11, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
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