In many communities, the local depot serves not only as a transportation hub, but also as a tangible reminder of a community’s roots. Depots are often at the heart of our towns, centrally located and prominently sited. As places of farewell and homecoming, the buildings have been ingrained into their communities’ collective memories, spanning many generations.
Approximately one-third of Amtrak-served stations include depots listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Depots may also be listed on local and state historic registers. These designations are sought for various reasons. Communities may want to highlight the important role that a depot and the railroad played in promoting growth and development; the work of a master architect that is viewed as having lasting cultural value; or significant events and activities associated with the building.
Interested in sharing your depot’s story and learning from others? During National Historic Preservation Month this May, the National Trust for Historic Preservation encourages “people to celebrate the places that are meaningful to them and to their communities” by participating in the “This Place Matters” campaign. Learn more and download free artwork and other collateral from the National Trust website. Share why your depot matters to you!