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IMG_2234IMG_2237 I always enjoy train depots that have survived & been restored - here are two. IMG_2244 Early business at the C&NW in Redfield, SD must have been good as this station was built in 1915, replacing an earlier frame structure.  This beautiful station was built with a dining room within and is now a museum.  The box of lanterns was recently dropped off by a local resident who was going into an assisted-living center and wanted them to go to a good home !                                     

The second restored depot, in Deadwood, SD was owned by a 'Northwestern predecessor;  Fremont, Elkhorn & Missouri Valley.  It is now the Deadwood Visitor Center.  Maybe you are like me when you see a depot squeezed into a town, you wonder - how did the trains ever get in here ?  That's a whole other story....

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Deadwood, of course, has lots of western history.  Think l visited it on the trip where l managed to photo a C&NW station, that looked like it had just been abandoned,  , on a branch that had just been abandoned, in northern Iowa. Used to find lots of stations in 1970's, shoulda been more systematic in photoing them, as many in towns l used drive through,  slipped away.  Didn't the C&NW have some of those prairie two stories stations where the agent and family lived upstairs?  On my list, to build a model... Thanks for posting.

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