Punta Gorda Atlantic Coast Line Depot

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Punta Gorda Atlantic Coast Line Depot
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Punta Gorda Atlantic Coast Line Depot is located in Florida
Punta Gorda Atlantic Coast Line Depot
Location Punta Gorda, Florida, United States
Coordinates 26°55′47″N 82°2′45″W / 26.92972°N 82.04583°W / 26.92972; -82.04583Coordinates: 26°55′47″N 82°2′45″W / 26.92972°N 82.04583°W / 26.92972; -82.04583
Built 1928
Architectural style Mediterranean Revival
MPS Punta Gorda MPS
NRHP Reference # 90001797[1]
Added to NRHP December 12, 1990

The Punta Gorda Atlantic Coast Line Depot is a historic Atlantic Coast Line Railroad depot in Punta Gorda, Florida, United States. It is located at 1009 Taylor Road.

Owned and maintained by the Punta Gorda Historical Society, the building houses a Black history exhibit and an antique mall. On December 12, 1990, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

History[edit]

The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad built the depot in 1928 as one of many investments it made to its railroad network during the Florida land boom of the 1920s. It served as Punta Gorda's third passenger rail depot, replacing earlier depots built by the Atlantic Coast Line's predecessor the Florida Southern Railroad. The original depot, built in 1886, was a small frame depot located within the railroad's turning wye. The second depot, built in 1897, was slightly larger and was located along King Street (which today carries northbound U.S. Highway 41). It was demolished along with the Coast Line's King Street dock to accommodate the construction of the original Barron Collier Bridge over the Peace River.

The Punta Gorda depot was built in Neo-Spanish architecture, and was one of only six depots the Atlantic Coast Line built in that style. Of those six, only two still stand today (the other is in Bradenton). [2]

Passenger rail service to Punta Gorda was discontinued in 1971. The building was eventually purchased by local landowner Fred Babcock, who donated to the Punta Gorda Historical Society in 1996.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ Williams, Lindsey. "Punta Gorda's Historic Depot Was Babcock's Last Gift". Lindsey Williams - Writer At Large. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Punta Gorda Train Depot". Punta Gorda Historical Society. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 

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