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New Passenger Depot - July 1887

POPLAR, MAIN, ASYLUM

Posted By: Pat Ryan White (email)
Date: 6/18/2016 at 09:16:18

NEW PASSENGER DEPOT – JULY 1887

Our passenger depot left its location at the head of Poplar Street on Saturday last, for its new location at the head of Main Street. Its journey continued during Sunday, when it arrived within a few rods of its destination. Monday was occupied in putting in the foundations. Probably by another week, the old depot improved, if not enlarged will be ready for use. In the fall of 1856, the Railroad Company built its first depot near where the Asylum switch is now. The people of the city protested and an agreement was finally made by which in consideration of the donation of five acres of ground, a depot was built at the head of Main Street. But, on which side of Main Street, is a disputed point. The authorities are about equally divided. One side is positive that it was built on the east side and the other is equally positive that it stood on the west side. This stood till 1865, when a new and commodious one was built at the head of Poplar Street. This was burned soon after in 1866 or 1867. Then the present one was built. By this change, the depot will be two blocks nearer the square.

[“Mount Pleasant Free Press”, Thursday, July 28, 1887, page 3]


 

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