Lafayette station (Indiana)

Lafayette is an Amtrak station in Lafayette, Indiana, served by the Cardinal. The current station facility was established in 1994. The Amtrak train previously stopped in the middle of the city's 5th Street, near the former Monon Railroad depot.[3] The station building was moved to its current location from the southeast corner of 2nd and South streets. It is a Romanesque Revival style depot built in 1902 by the Lake Erie and Western Railroad and Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway,[4] as the Big Four Depot.[5] The station was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.[2]

Lafayette, IN
Big Four Depot, Lafayette.jpg
Lafayette's historic Amtrak station was originally a "Big Four" Depot
Location200 North 2nd Street, Lafayette, Indiana
Owned byCity of Lafayette
Line(s)CSX Lafayette Subdivision
Platforms1 side platform
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeLAF
Passengers (2013)24,925[1]Decrease 8.9%
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
toward Chicago
Cardinal Crawfordsville
toward New York
Former services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
toward Chicago
Hoosier State Crawfordsville
Floridian Bloomington
toward Chicago
Kentucky Cardinal Crawfordsville
toward Louisville
Kankakee (Penn Central)
toward Chicago
James Whitcomb Riley and George Washington
Preceding station New York Central Railroad Following station
toward Chicago
ChicagoCincinnati (Big Four) Crane
toward Cincinnati
Big Four Depot
Print from copy negative of postcard ca. 1910. (Original in Tippecanoe County Historical Society.) View southeast, northwest side. - Big Four Depot, 10 South Second Street, HABS IND,79-LAFY,3-21.tif
ca. 1910. Big Four Depot
Lafayette station (Indiana) is located in Tippecanoe County, Indiana
Lafayette station (Indiana)
Lafayette station (Indiana) is located in Indiana
Lafayette station (Indiana)
Lafayette station (Indiana) is located in the United States
Lafayette station (Indiana)
Coordinates40°25′7″N 86°53′44″W / 40.41861°N 86.89556°W / 40.41861; -86.89556Coordinates: 40°25′7″N 86°53′44″W / 40.41861°N 86.89556°W / 40.41861; -86.89556
Area8 acres (3 ha)
ArchitectBuckeye Chum Company
Architectural styleRomanesque
NRHP reference No.03000548[2]
Added to NRHPJune 22, 2003


The building is an example of early twentieth century commercial architecture. It is one of two such structures in Indiana. It became part of the New York Central System, serving passengers through Lafayette between Cincinnati and Chicago. Lafayette was a major stop on this main artery of transportation for the NYC.[6]


  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of Indiana" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 December 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  2. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  3. ^
  4. ^ Dynamic Depot Maps - Indiana
  5. ^ "Indiana State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD)" (Searchable database). Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. Retrieved 2016-07-01. Note: This includes Laura Thayer (September 2002). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Big Four Depot" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-07-01. and Accompanying photographs
  6. ^ Library of Congress, AmericanMemory.LOC.GOV; HABS IND,79-LAFY,3-; Survey number HABS IN-257

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