Plant City in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Plant City Union Depot
placed on the
of Historic Places
by the United States
Department of the Interior
(Marker Number 75000558.)
Location. 28° 0.938′ N, 82° 7.31′ W. Marker is in Plant City, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker can be reached from North Palmer Street near East North Drane Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker is mounted just outside the entrance to the depot building, which is now the Plant City Historic Downtown Welcome Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 102 North Palmer Street, Plant City FL 33563, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Town of Plant City (a few steps from this marker); Plant City High School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cow Cavalry (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bealsville (approx. 5.6 miles away); Glover School (approx. 5.7 miles away); 320th Bombardment Group (M) (approx. 6.7 miles away); The Oates Building (approx. 10.2 miles away); Polk Theatre and Office Building (approx. 10.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plant City.
Regarding Plant City Union Depot. Plant City (named for railroad
The Plant City Union Depot was built at the site of this rail junction in 1908-09. As its "Union" name indicates, the station was built and shared by competing rail companies, the Atlantic Coast Line and Seaboard Air Line. A true union came in 1967 when the two merged to form the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad. Plant City Union Depot continued to service passenger and freight trains until 1971. Today, it houses the Plant City Historic Downtown Welcome Center, which includes a small railroad museum.
The red brick depot sits along the northwest corner of the intersecting tracks, and consists of a single-story passenger building and a two-story freight station. The passenger station originally included a second story control tower. The freight and passenger buildings originally sat across the S-Line tracks from each other, with the freight depot on the northeast corner of the rail junction. Sometime after 1976 it was moved across the tracks to its present site just north of the passenger station
Plant City Union Depot was designed in the Eclectic style by architect Joseph F. Leitner. Leitner was a popular designer of railroad facilities including other Union Stations, like the one in nearby Tampa and in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Both stations are also listed with the National Register of Historic Places.
Also see . . . Video: Plant City, Florida Railfanning. YouTube footage of Union Depot and Plant City trains from Danny Harmon of Distant Signal Productions (Submitted on January 15, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.)
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 15, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 645 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on January 15, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.