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San Bernardino in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

San Bernardino Santa Fe Depot

 
 
San Bernardino Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 6, 2018
1. San Bernardino Depot Marker
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe railway built San Bernardino‘s first permanent train depot in 1886 to meet the growing number of rail passengers and to house its Los Angeles division administrative and freight offices. This two-and-a-half-story wooden structure and other railway property were completely destroyed by fire on November 16, 1916.

Shortly thereafter, city leaders asked the railway to design and build an impressive new depot that would befit the city image as the “gateway to Southern California.” The resulting $800,000 depot, designed by company architect W.A. Mohr, was the largest west of the Mississippi. Upon opening on July 15, 1918, The San Bernardino Daily Sun proclaimed “Santa Fe’s station to be the finest in the west” and “a credit to San Bernardino for showing the importance of the Gate City as a transportation center.”

Once a bustling passenger and freight rail transportation center with a restaurant, living quarters, and offices, the Santa Fe Depot fell into disrepair for many years. Thanks to a $15.1 million rehabilitation effort shared by SANBAG and the city of San Bernardino,
San Bernardino Depot & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 6, 2018
2. San Bernardino Depot & Marker
Marker is near the flagpole.
the Santa Fe Depot has been restored to its former beauty.

The Depot is listed in the National Historic Register, as well as the California Register of Historic Places.
 
Erected 2018.
 
Location. 34° 6.24′ N, 117° 18.589′ W. Marker is in San Bernardino, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker is on West 3rd Street west of K Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1170 West 3rd Street, San Bernardino CA 92410, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. To Jedediah Smith (approx. 1.2 miles away); World’s First McDonald’s (approx. 1.7 miles away); Fort Benson (approx. 3.2 miles away); Historic Cannon (approx. 4.2 miles away); The Arrowhead Landmark (approx. 4.8 miles away); Guachama Rancheria (approx. 5.2 miles away); Agua Mansa (approx. 6.4 miles away); San Bernardino Asistencia (approx. 6.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Bernardino.
 
Also see . . .  Railroad Museum. Open Wed 9-12 & Sat 10-3. (Submitted on October 10, 2018.) 
 
Categories. ArchitectureRailroads & Streetcars
 
Depot Interior image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 6, 2018
3. Depot Interior
Colton Crossing image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 6, 2018
4. Colton Crossing
Moved here when a grade separation was built in 2013.
Marker Unveiling Ceremony image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, July 21, 2018
5. Marker Unveiling Ceremony
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 10, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 23 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 10, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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