Old Depot Museum

Old Depot Museum (HMY91)

Location: Ottawa, KS 66067 Franklin County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 37.217', W 95° 16.201'

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Historic Ottawa Tour Stop 1

The Leavenworth, Lawrence & Galveston was the first railroad built south of the transcontinental Union Pacific which passed through Lawrence. Building the 30 miles of track to Ottawa in 1867-8 was difficult. Veterans of the UP construction, including Chinese laborers, struggled with terrible weather during the fall of 1867.

The LL&G went into receivership in 1873. The Kansas City, Lawrence and Southern Kansas Railroad emerged from LL&G's failure. The new rail line operated throughout the 1880s and built the Ottawa depot in 1888. By that time, the Kansas City, Lawrence and Southern Kansas was leasing much of its line to the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. By 1895, the Santa Fe Railroad purchased the line, and in 1962, donated the depot building to the Franklin County Historical Society for use as a museum.

In 1995, the AT&SF merged with the Burlington Northern to become the Burlington Northern Santa Fe.

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The LL&G Railroad locomotive "Ottawa" is ready to carry rails and ties across a temporary bridge over the Kansas River in Lawrence. Image taken by Alexander Gardner, a famous Civil War photographer.

A free pass for the Honorable D.M. Valentine, Associate Justice of Kansas Supreme Court, highlights the LL&G's reputation for corruption - it was nicknamed the "Lazy, Lousy and Greasy." Ottawa town father Isaac Kalloch, a one time president of the LL&G, used his influence to locate the railroad "shops" in Ottawa.

George P. Washburn, architect of the Ottawa depot and fifteen county courthouses. He began his career by supervising the construction of Union depots in Kansas City, Atchison, Denver and Peoria, Illinois.

Sam Campbell, first AT&SF agent at the Ottawa depot.

From the LL&G through the SK and the AF&SF, railroad shops were located in Ottawa, just northwest of the depot. Railroad cars were manufactured and locomotives were serviced with a roundhouse and turntable.
HM NumberHMY91
Placed ByFranklin County Historical Society and the Franklin County Convention & Tourism Bureau
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Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 8:25pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 302377 N 4277084
Decimal Degrees38.62028333, -95.27001667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 37.217', W 95° 16.201'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 37' 13.02" N, 95° 16' 12.06" W
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Area Code(s)785
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 185-191 W Tecumseh St, Ottawa KS 66067, US
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