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Sylvan Grove Railroad Depot Added to National Register of Historic Places

Sylvan Grove Depot historicalThe Kansas Historical Society has announced the Sylvan Grove railroad depot has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The National Register of Historic Places is the country's official list of historically significant properties. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect America's historic and archeological resources.

Eligible properties must be significant for one or more of the four criteria for evaluation. Properties can be eligible if they are associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history. They can be eligible if they are associated with the lives of persons significant in our past. Distinctive construction can qualify properties for the National Register if they embody the characteristic of a type, period or method of construction, or represent the work of a master, or possess high artistic values, or represent a significant and distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction. Lastly, properties may be eligible for the National Register if they have yielded or may be likely to yield information important in prehistory or history. The National Register recognizes properties of local, statewide and national significance.Sylvan Grove Depot

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 and 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.

(Historical photo above courtesy of Wichita State University.)

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