Be sure to
see the Depots of Iowa exhibit
James H. Andrew Railroad Museum and History Center
|At one time
there were more than 1,000 railroad depots in Iowa
serving a number of railroads. If
you have ever wondered about the history of these depots,
wonder no more. An exhibit called "Depots of Iowa" is now open at the
James H. Andrew Railroad Museum and History
Center in Boone.
The exhibit encompasses Iowa railroad depot
history beginning with the inception of railroads and their depots in
the state, progressing through the golden years, and culminating with
the declining years of railroading.
importance of railroad depots as social centers, communication outlets,
and their initial catalysts of community builders in the state.
Thirteen color banners highlight depot history with many unseen
photos. In addition, several interactive kiosks enable visitors to many
Iowa depots. These include depots throughout the state, with a photo
and information about
As part of this special exhibit
many rare Western Union telegraph instruments used in railroad depots
and recently donated by James H. Andrew of Jefferson, IA are on
to the museum is included with many Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad
Admission without train ticket is $8 for adults and $3 for children.
program was partially sponsored by a grant from Humanities Iowa and the
National Endowment for the Humanities. The views and opinions expressed
by this program do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Iowa or
the National Endowment for the Humanities.
you have an old depot in your town be sure to let us know about it by
e-mailing us and possibly sending a photo. We want to find those hidden
depots in Iowa and we need your story!
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or
call 1-800-626-0319 ext. 37