Northern Pacific Depot (Aitkin, Minnesota)

Northern Pacific Depot
Northern Pacific Depot (Aitkin, Minnesota) is located in Minnesota
Location: 20 Pacific St., SW
Aitkin, Minnesota
Coordinates: 46°31′54.1″N 93°42′27.1″W / 46.531694°N 93.707528°W / 46.531694; -93.707528Coordinates: 46°31′54.1″N 93°42′27.1″W / 46.531694°N 93.707528°W / 46.531694; -93.707528
Built: 1916
Architect: Unknown
Architectural style: Mission/Spanish Revival
Governing body: Private
MPS: Aitkin County MRA
NRHP Reference#:

82002926

[1]
Added to NRHP: April 16, 1982

The Northern Pacific Depot in Aitkin, Minnesota is a brick passenger depot built on the Northern Pacific Railway mainline in 1916. The rail line is now part of the BNSF Railway. The depot symbolizes the importance of the railroad in Aitkin's growth and development.[2]

The railroad line was initially built in 1871. By the early 1900s, Aitkin was emerging as the region's leading supply center, and the old wood-framed depot was considered grossly inadequate. The railway started construction of the new brick depot in 1915. It was built in the Mission Revival style with cut-stone trimmings and a German tile roof. Passenger traffic ended in the 1960s.

The building is now occupied by the Aitkin County Historical Society as the Depot Museum.[3] Exhibits focus on the heritage of Aitkin County, including riverboating on the upper Mississippi, Native American culture and immigrant pioneers.

References

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. http://nrhp.focus.nps.gov/natreg/docs/All_Data.html. 
  2. ^ Nord, Mary Ann (2003). The National Register of Historic Places in Minnesota. Minnesota Historical Society. ISBN 0-87351-448-3. 
  3. ^ Sign posted outside the building.

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