The City of Garland relocated its historic Santa Fe depot Thursday morning from a lot behind City Hall to its new home in the Walnut Pedestrian Corridor, located directly behind the Central Library on the south side of Walnut Street at Sixth Street. The Santa Fe depot was designated as a Texas Historic Landmark in 1974, and the Texas Historic Commission approved the City’s request to relocate the structure.
The Santa Fe depot has a long history in Garland. Built in 1901 by the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railroad to service rail freight and passengers, the depot also served as Garland’s first Western Union telegraph station. The depot has survived a fire and two relocations from its original site.
The depot joins the 1910 Pullman railcar that also was moved to the Walnut Pedestrian Corridor in late August. The depot will be transferred to its foundation within the next couple of weeks. Upon completion of construction activities, the Landmark Museum will reopen in the depot – anticipated for late 2013 or early 2014.
The Walnut Pedestrian Corridor will feature tributes to the positive impact the railroad has had on Garland’s past, present and future. It is strategically located at the gateway of historic Downtown Garland, near the DART Light Rail station, to showcase Garland’s rail heritage. The development of the Walnut Pedestrian Corridor is part of the City’s plan to attract more people to Downtown Garland. Plans include the construction of a new 158-unit apartment development next to City Hall through a partnership with Oaks Properties and a new parking structure to serve the public, residential tenants, and those accessing City Hall.
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