Old M. & ST. L. Depot Museum
Over the years, it has been owned by the M. & St. L. and by the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company. It was closed in 1984 and was sold to the Codington County Historical Society, Inc. for use as a museum in 1985.
Although Watertown's first depot was a box car, the first depot building was located one block east of this marker. Watertown grew outward from this site. Original town lots were platted parallel to the railroad tracks passing by these depots.
There was much activity at this depot during its earliest years, when much of West River South Dakota was being settled. Many World Wars I and II troops passed through its doors in later years. Although much freight and mail were handled, it was a main passenger station.
This building and site are listed on the National Register of
Historic Places by the United States Park Service, Department
of the Interior.
Erected by State of South Dakota.
Location. 44° 54.197′ N, 97° 6.793′ W. Marker is in Watertown
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Commercial Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); Codington County Courthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Post Office & Auditorium (approx. 0.3 miles away); Watertown (approx. one mile away); Forsburg Park Sundial (approx. 3.9 miles away); District No. 5 Public School (approx. 9½ miles away); Punished Woman's Lake (approx. 16.4 miles away).
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 9, 2015, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 223 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 9, 2015, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.