“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Bowling Green in Warren County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

Louisville & Nashville Railroad Depot

Louisville & Nashville Railroad Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Chad Comer, January 11, 2011
1. Louisville & Nashville Railroad Depot Marker
Inscription.  The L&N’s Debut - 1859

Traveling by train was exciting. Steam power locomotives meant a new age for passengers and freight. After nine years of construction, the Louisville and Nashville Railroad made its first run through Bowling Green in 1859. It took only thirteen hours to travel by train from Louisville to Nashville. Cities and towns actively pursued rail companies to ensure that their town was located along the tracks.

Railroad shops and a depot occupied the rail yard just as the Civil War began. In February 1862, as the Confederates departed and Union troops shelled the city, the depot burned with the rest of the railroad buildings. The small, hastily built replacement depot soon became dilapidated.

The New Depot

Over the years, Bowling Green’s citizens pleaded with the L&N for a new station. One newspaper wrote, “Bowling Green wants a new depot, and the good Lord knows it’s a modest request.” The large, impressive depot built with local oolitic limestone opened in 1925; the architect employed classical details to illustrate the railroad’s importance.

Hub to the World

L&N Railroad Depot image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Chad Comer, January 1, 2011
2. L&N Railroad Depot
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the largest employer in Bowling Green for the first half of the 1900s, the depot was a busy place and citizens came to watch the action. The L&N was the hub to the rest of the world; no one knew who would walk through the doors next, opera singer or circus performer. At its peak in the 1940s, over twenty-six passenger trains per day traveled through Bowling Green.

The RailPark and Train Museum

In 1979, passenger service at the depot ended as automobiles became the primary mode of transportation. The community joined forces to restore the depot after it sat vacant and deteriorated. The Historic RailPark opened in 2002 and the Train Museum in 2007.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1862.
Location. 36° 59.975′ N, 86° 26.275′ W. Marker is in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in Warren County. Marker is on Kentucky Street (U.S. 68), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bowling Green KY 42101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ernest Hogan (within shouting distance of this marker); A Civil War Defense Line (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Rifle Trench (within shouting distance of this marker); Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); College Street Commercial Development
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(approx. ¼ mile away); Residential Architecture (approx. ¼ mile away); An African American Neighborhood (approx. ¼ mile away); Standard Filling Station No. 1 (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bowling Green.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 11, 2011, by Chad Comer of Gamaliel, Kentucky. This page has been viewed 727 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 11, 2011, by Chad Comer of Gamaliel, Kentucky. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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