Manhattan's Union Pacific Depot - Revived

Manhattan's Union Pacific Depot - Revived (HM1J57)

Location: Manhattan, KS 66502 Riley County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 10.507', W 96° 33.61'

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The Beginnings of Business

Construction of the Union Pacific depot began the first week of August, 1901; seventy years later, the last passenger train pulled out of the station. In 1993 a community effort to preserve the depot began to take shape, and a year later the Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance was formed with the depot renovation as one of its main goals.
Restoration occurred in three phases - over an eleven-year timespan - culminating with the dedication of the restored facility in the summer of 2006.
The depot is now available for public use by contacting the Manhattan Parks and Rec offices at: 785.587.2757
[Photo captions, from top to bottom, read]
The Manhattan Union Pacific Depot is a survivor. Waters from the flood of 1951 were over six feet deep in the building, with the fast-moving current gouging a large hole in the platform. A fire in 1981 did significant damage to the roof, and from the mid 1980s until the restoration stood as an empty shell with no apparent use.
Roosevelt Visits Manhattan
A visit from the president was unquestionably the highlight of 1903 for Manhattan residents. Theodore Roosevelt had been in office roughly 20 months when his whistle-stop tour arrived here before the 1904 election.
Mahattan Celebrates the Dedication
President Roosevelt's visit is re-enacted by City Commissioner Jim Sherow, to the right is 1903 Mayor Caulderhead portrayed by City Commissioner Bruce Snead.
Tower Illustration: The Depot's Crown Restored
The signature piece of the restored depot is the tower. Phase Three of restoration included a total reconstruction of the tower that had been removed in a 1938 remodel.
Credits:
Riley County Historical Society
Michael Mecseri
Bruce McMillan AIA Architects, P.A.
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HM NumberHM1J57
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Placed ByCity of Manhattan
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Date Added Thursday, February 12th, 2015 at 9:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 710760 N 4339045
Decimal Degrees39.17511667, -96.56016667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 10.507', W 96° 33.61'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 10' 30.42" N, 96° 33' 36.6" W
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Area Code(s)785
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 410 S 3rd St, Manhattan KS 66502, US
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