Mystic (Amtrak station)
Front view of Mystic Depot
|Address||2 Roosevelt Avenue
Mystic, CT 06355
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Passengers (2013)||23,490 9.6%|
Architecturally, the depot features Georgian Revival elements such as Palladian windows on the east and west facades. The one-story building has a base of brown brick above which rise wood-shingled walls, which had come into vogue toward the end of the 19th century; they recalled early colonial structures at a time when interest in the nation’s origins was growing.
Trackside, a gabled canopy originally stretched out to shield passengers from rain and snow as they waited for the train. The two arms were destroyed by a hurricane in September 1938. The eastern end of the building was devoted to passengers, while the western side of the depot was used as a baggage room.
The station was in disrepair by the late 1960s, and was generally closed. A group of concerned citizens led by local merchant Dorothea Macbeth gathered in 1976 to discuss how to save the building. The following year, a committee was formed to plan for a renovation. Amtrak and the state of Connecticut committed funds, and volunteers started a campaign to raise the remaining money. The rehabilitated depot reopened to the public in April 1978.
Bell of the USS Connecticut (BB-18) inside the station building
- Amtrak – Stations – Mystic, CT
- Mystic Amtrak Station (USA Rail Guide -- Train Web)
- Mystic Depot Welcome Center (Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce)
- Railroad History Archive (University of Connecticut)
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