Kannapolis, NC (KAN)
Designed in a Colonial Revival style and topped with a cupola, the station was dedicated in 2005. In addition to an Amtrak waiting room, the red brick building includes meeting space.
201 South Main Street
Kannapolis, NC 28081
Annual Station Ridership (2016): 18,375
- Facility Ownership: City of Kannapolis
- Parking Lot Ownership: City of Kannapolis
- Platform Ownership: North Carolina Railroad Company
- Track Ownership: North Carolina Railroad Company
For information about Amtrak fares and schedules, please call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).
The modern Kannapolis station opened in December 2004, with a grand opening the following February 23rd, 2005. This building replaced a temporary facility, which had in turn taken the place of the former train station. Designed in the Colonial Revival style, the station blends into the architecture of the downtown area where it sits. Unique features of the building include high ceilings, cupola modeled after the city’s logo and architectural accents consistent with the general colonial style. In addition to the Amtrak facility, the station provides meeting space for the City Council and other boards and commissions.
The station was designed by the Raleigh architecture firm of Gomes & Staub, and the construction was overseen by contractor Titus Construction. State funding accounted for 90 percent of the $3.1 million project, and remaining funding came from the following sources: city of Kannapolis ($105,000), Cabarrus County ($60,000) and the Cannon Foundation ($75,000).
In October 2013, officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the city were joined by residents to dedicate a new canopy that will protect passengers from inclement weather as they wait for the arrival of the train. The $540,000 project was funded through the state’s Piedmont Improvement Program, which makes improvements to the rail corridor between Charlotte and Raleigh to improve safety, reduce congestion, increase reliability and support economic development.
Kannapolis lies in the piedmont of North Carolina and is considered part of the greater Charlotte region. Prior to the 20th century, the area was principally farms. Then, in 1906, James William Cannon purchased several farms to build the Cannon Mills Company upon. Under the guidance of Cannon’s son, Charles, Cannon Mills became one of the world’s largest textile producers, and a household name. The city began as a small village of Craftsman-style homes, a company town. However, in 1982, David Murdoch took over Cannon Mills, still headquartered in Kannapolis, and in 1986 merged it with another household name, Fieldcrest Mills. Fieldcrest Cannon was in turn sold to Pillowtex of Dallas, Texas, resulting in the largest one-day layoff in North Carolina history, on July 30, 2003.
In 1984 the citizens of Kannapolis voted to incorporate their town, thereby forming the 16th largest municipality in North Carolina. The citizens knew that the mills might close and started to prepare in the early 1990s by identifying potential growth areas in the community and annexing several business parks. In 2005, Murdoch, owner of Dole Foods, Inc., together with the University of North Carolina system, opened the North Carolina Research Campus in downtown. A large scientific and economic revitalization project, the facility occupies the 250-acre site of the former Cannon Mills Plant One. Duke University has joined the Research Center to contribute to a study of diseases.
The state-owned Piedmont and the state-subsidized Carolinian are primarily financed through funds from the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
Amtrak does not provide ticketing and baggage services at this station, which is served by six daily trains.
- 4 Short Term Parking Spaces
- 30 Long Term Parking Spaces
- Accessible Payphones
- Accessible Platform
- Accessible Restrooms
- Accessible Waiting Room
- Accessible Water Fountain
- Dedicated Parking
- Enclosed Waiting Area
- Quik Trak Kiosk
- Wheelchair Lift