Mendota (Amtrak station)
The station building
|Address||8th Street and 6th Avenue
Mendota, IL 61342
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Opened||February 23, 1888|
|Owned by||Mendota Museum and Historical Society|
|Passengers (2014)||24,019 5.5%|
Mendota Station was originally built on February 23, 1888, by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, as a replacement for the former Union Depot that was built in 1853 and burned down in 1885. It originally contained a hotel, restaurants and waiting rooms for passengers, and rooms for railroad employees. In 1942, much of the station was torn down, with little more than the waiting room and ticket office remaining intact.
Today the building is owned and preserved by the Mendota Museum and Historical Society as the Union Depot Railroad Museum. The station is a regular stop for the Illinois Zephyr and the Southwest Chief. The California Zephyr also uses these tracks, but does not stop in Mendota.
Trails & Rails program
On certain days of the week, volunteer rangers with the National Park Service provide commentary for train passengers between Chicago, Illinois and La Plata, Missouri on the Southwest Chief. This interpretive program is free of charge for all coach and sleeping car passengers and is presented in the upper level of Amtrak's Sightseer Lounge Car. Volunteers tell passengers about the natural and historical features of Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri. This program typically takes place during two round-trips per week during the busy summer and winter holiday travel periods. Texas A&M University and the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation in La Plata, MO serve as additional local sponsors. More information and a current schedule can be found at the link below: http://www.nps.gov/findapark/trailsandrails/index.htm.
- Mendota, Illinois; Great American Stations (Amtrak)
- "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2014, State of Illinois" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
- Mendota Museum and Historical Society
- Amtrak – Stations – Mendota, IL
- Mendota Amtrak Station (USA Rail Guide -- Train Web)
- Union Depot Railroad Museum
- Mendota (MDT)--Great American Stations (Amtrak)
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