Santa Fe Depot – Ponca City

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City/Town: Ponca City
Location Class: Railroad
Year Built: 1911
Year Abandoned: 2000
Status: Demolished
Photojournalist: David LindeJohnny Fletcher

When Ponca City’s final depot was built in 1911, it was reportedly similar to the brick county seat depots built elsewhere across the system. The depot was extensively remodeled in 1945 with a stucco exterior and various other modifications. The former Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway train station sits beside the mainline running through town, which is now operated by BNSF Railway. Amtrak used this station for their Texas Chief and Lone Star passenger trains. The Texas Chief operated between Chicago and Houston, starting on May 1, 1971. It was replaced by the Lone Star, which ran until cancellation on October 8, 1979. By the year 2000 the building was boarded up and unused. The Ponca City Landmark Conservancy is negotiating to acquire the depot and restore it.

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Kari Hosar
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Kari Hosar

This is just a few blocks from my home. I've always wondered what it was like on the inside. I hope Ponca City decides to restore this – I'm actually surprised they haven't yet. It's in an area that could use a little facelift.

nicole
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nicole

i love this web site this is down by my house i love old historic sites ive always wanted to do stuff like this i like being adventerious.. but i was wondering if you have got to go in the old flour plant in ponca city??

Fiend
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Fiend

If you're talkin about that large silo by the Depot, than yes. But I didnt venture in very far because of some God aweful smell, random junk everywhere, and it didnt seem to be in the best of shape on the inside.

Ian
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Ian

The poster in 2184 is interesting, in that the Amtrak logo shown wasn't used until late 2000. Strange that someone bothered to put it up at all.

Arthur King
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Arthur King

It looks like t still has the original fixtures from the 40's, the door knobs, the lettering for the restrooms, I was born and raised there in the Ponca area.

kelly
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kelly

any way to find out the name of some one who retired from there sometime around 1975 to 1979?

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