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Be sure to see the Depots of Iowa exhibit
at the 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.

Topics include the 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 each.

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 display.


Admission to the museum is included with many Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad train tickets.

Admission without train ticket is $8 for adults and $3 for children.


This 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.

If 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: mike@bsvrr.com or call 1-800-626-0319 ext. 37






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