Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Union Station

On Sunday night I drove through downtown Little Rock and tried to find something interesting to get a picture of.  I eventually ended up at the old train station in town, Union Station.  This is the third train station located here.  The first station was built in 1885, but it burned down.  And then the replacement station also caught fire and burned down.  The current Union Station, which was built for the St. Louis, Iron Mountain, and Southern Railroad, was constructed in 1921.

It is a neat old building, and it did have a small claim to fame in the past as being the largest train station in the country that only served one rail carrier.  It still does serve one rail carrier - Amtrak.  Although you have to be a night-owl to catch the train here.  To travel to Dallas, the train leaves at 3:10 am.  To travel to Chicago, the train heads off at 11:40 pm.  The station was pretty quiet that night, since it was about 9:00 on a Sunday.

It was about 98 degrees outside, but there was a nice breeze so it was actually almost comfortable to be outdoors.  I stood around waiting for it to get dark, and took a few pictures....


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