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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Sylvan Grove Union Pacific Depot

Picture of property 131 S Main Street
Sylvan Grove (Lincoln County)
Listed in National Register 2014-04-02

Architect: Union Pacific Railroad
Category: rail-related
Thematic Nomination: Historic Agriculture Related Resources of Kansas

The Sylvan Grove Union Pacific Depot was built in 1887 and is an example of a combination depot, meaning it served both freight and passenger needs. This rail line was originally known as the Salina, Lincoln & Western Railway Line, which later became a part of the Union Pacific Railroad. The depot is located at the south end of Sylvan Grove's Main Street and is in its original location. The depot closed in 1968 and the rails on either side of the building were removed following the 1993 flood. The wood-frame building is an example of a standardized late-19th century combination depot with minimal ornamentation, though the eave brackets and gable-end embellishments reflect the Victorian-era Stick style. It was nominated as part of the "Historic Railroad Resources of Kansas" multiple property nomination for its local significance in the areas of transportation and architecture.

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