Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad Passenger Station

Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad Passenger Station (originally Fort Worth Union Depot) is a former passenger train station in Fort Worth, Texas. From 1971 to 2002, it was used as Fort Worth's Amtrak station.

Fort Worth, TX
inter-city rail station
Santa Fe Depot in 2017
General information
Location1501 Jones Street, Fort Worth, Texas
USA
History
Opened1900
Closed2002
Rebuilt1938
Former services
Preceding station Amtrak Following station
Terminus Heartland Flyer Gainesville
Cleburne Texas Eagle Dallas
toward Chicago
Cleburne
toward Laredo or Houston
Inter-American
Cleburne
toward Houston
Lone Star Gainesville
toward Chicago
Dallas
Terminus
Preceding station Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Following station
Justin
toward Purcell
Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway
Main Line
Crowley
toward Galveston
Primrose
toward San Angelo
San Angelo – Dallas Dallas
Terminus
Preceding station Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Following station
Irving
toward Teague
TeagueMinneapolis  Saginaw
Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad Passenger Station
Map
Location1501 Jones Street,
Fort Worth, Texas
Coordinates32°44′57″N 97°19′26″W / 32.74917°N 97.32389°W / 32.74917; -97.32389
Area0.1 acres (0.040 ha)
Built1899 (1899)
Architectural styleBeaux Arts
NRHP reference No.70000760[1]
Added to NRHPOctober 15, 1970
View of UTA Fort Worth looking southwest with Ashton Depot visible on the left of the frame
The Passenger Station and adjacent Santa Fe Freight Building.

The depot was built by the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad (a subsidiary of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, also known as the "Santa Fe") in 1900[2] and renovated in 1938. The station was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.[3]

In 2002, following the opening of Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center (now Fort Worth Central Station), train service to the station ceased. The station, as well as the adjacent Santa Fe Freight Building, was passed into private ownership. It is currently used as an 800-seat special event venue under the name Ashton Depot.[4]

Prior service

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Alongside the Santa Fe, the station was serviced by the Chicago, Rock Island and Gulf Railway (a subsidiary of Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad, also known as "Rock Island"), the St. Louis–San Francisco Railway (also known as the "Frisco"), and the Southern Pacific Railroad.[5]

Notable passenger trains servicing the station included the Kansas Cityan (Chicago to Dallas),[6] the Texas Chief (Chicago to Galveston),[6] and the Twin Star Rocket (Dallas to Minneapolis).[7]

See also

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References

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. November 2, 2013.
  2. ^ Fort Worth Architecture - Ashton Depot
  3. ^ "Gulf, Colorado and Sante Fe Railroad Passenger Station". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  4. ^ "Fort Worth, Texas (FTW) (Amtrak's Great American Stations)". Archived from the original on October 29, 2014. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  5. ^ 'Official Guide of the Railways,' August 1936, Index of Stations
  6. ^ a b "Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, Tables 41, 43". Official Guide of the Railways. 97 (7). National Railway Publication Company. December 1964.
  7. ^ "Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway, Table 41". Official Guide of the Railways. 97 (7). National Railway Publication Company. December 1964.
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