Caliente Railroad Depot

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Caliente Railroad Depot
Caliente Railroad Depot is located in Nevada
Caliente Railroad Depot
Location 100 Depot Avenue
Caliente, Nevada
Coordinates 37°36′46″N 114°30′51″W / 37.61278°N 114.51417°W / 37.61278; -114.51417Coordinates: 37°36′46″N 114°30′51″W / 37.61278°N 114.51417°W / 37.61278; -114.51417
Built 1923
Architect John and Donald Parkinson
Architectural style Mission Revival
Governing body City of Caliente
NRHP Reference # 74001146
MARKER # 249
Added to NRHP March 5, 1974

Caliente Railroad Depot is a historic Mission Revival Style railway station, located in Caliente, Lincoln County, Nevada. The Depot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is Nevada Historical Marker number 249.[1]


The Caliente Railroad Depot was built by the Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad (later the Union Pacific Railroad) in 1923 to serve the railroad's division point on the mainline between Los Angeles, California and Salt Lake City, Utah.[2]

The depot is a two story wood frame stucco building. The first floor held the passenger waiting room, station agent's office and other railroad offices. The second floor was used as a hotel.[2][3]

The division point at Caliente served as a maintenance facility and was a base for helper locomotives. In the 1950s, as diesel locomotives replaced steam, the railroad no longer needed to use the Caliente site. Maintenance of the locomotives was moved to Las Vegas in 1948.[2]

Until 1993, the station saw service on Amtrak's Desert Wind.

Present day[edit]

In 1970, the building was turned over to the City of Caliente. In order to preserve the depot structure, the city moved its municipal services into the building. The Caliente Railroad Depot is now the Caliente city hall, library, and art gallery.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Union Pacific Depot-1923". Lincoln County Historical Markers. Nevada State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2011-06-21. 
  2. ^ a b c Thomas, Inez C. (1973). "Caliente Railroad Depot" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination Form. National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  3. ^ a b "Caliente Railroad Depot". Nevada Commission on Tourism. Retrieved 2009-02-22.