Mineola (Amtrak station)

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This article is about a former Texas & Pacific and current Amtrak railroad station in Texas. For the Long Island Rail Road station in Nassau County, New York, see Mineola (LIRR station).
Mineola
Location 115 East Front Street
Mineola, TX 75773
Coordinates 32°39′43″N 95°29′21″W / 32.66197°N 95.4891°W / 32.66197; -95.4891Coordinates: 32°39′43″N 95°29′21″W / 32.66197°N 95.4891°W / 32.66197; -95.4891
Line(s)
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Station code MIN
History
Opened 1906
Rebuilt 2006
Traffic
Passengers (2014) 6,776[1]Decrease 6.1%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Texas Eagle
toward Chicago

The Mineola Amtrak station is a train station in Mineola, Texas, United States served by Amtrak's Texas Eagle. The station was originally built in 1906 by the Texas & Pacific Railway and also used by the Missouri Pacific Railroad.

According to Mineola native Willie Brown, the station was built as the result of his persistent lobbying of President Bill Clinton. Responding to an Amtrak report that a survey did not reveal anyone wanting to get off in Mineola, Brown reportedly told Clinton: "The reason to stop in Mineola is not to let anybody off. It's to let the people on. Look at me! I left!"[2] Amtrak's own press release on the station, however, credits "Mineola community leaders" with the successful effort.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2014, State of Texas" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Brown, Willie, Basic Brown: My Life and Our Times (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2008), p. 255.
  3. ^ National Railroad Passenger Corporation, "Texas 'Railroad Town' Completes Restoration of Historic Depot," News Release, June 8, 2006.

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