Ashville Depot

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Ashville Depot
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Ashville Depot is located in Ohio
Ashville Depot
Ashville Depot is located in the US
Ashville Depot
Location Madison and Cromley Sts., Ashville, Ohio
Coordinates 39°42′54″N 82°57′20″W / 39.71500°N 82.95556°W / 39.71500; -82.95556Coordinates: 39°42′54″N 82°57′20″W / 39.71500°N 82.95556°W / 39.71500; -82.95556
Area Less than 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1876
NRHP Reference # 80003209[1]
Added to NRHP February 25, 1980

The Ashville Depot is a small former train station in the village of Ashville in Pickaway County, Ohio, United States. A simple weatherboaded building that was constructed in 1876,[2] it was once the commercial center of the area.[3]

Ashville was a railroad town that was founded at the intersection of a railroad line and a leading rural road. As the connecting point between the two modes of transportation, its train station was a central part of the life of the village and of the surrounding Harrison Township. In 1876, the short-lived Scioto Valley Railway erected a new station in Ashville; its construction helped to make the newly founded village the most important community in northern Pickaway County.[3]

After a century of use, the depot was closed in 1976. Railroad officials planned its destruction, but local residents formed a historic preservation organization to save it; accordingly, it was relocated and placed on concrete blocks.[3] The depot was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980,[1] qualifying because of its historic architecture and its important place in local history;[2] among the reasons it qualified was its status as the only extant train station built by the Scioto Valley Railway.[3] Such a designation is unusual, for buildings that have been moved from their original locations are not normally eligible for inclusion on the National Register.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b Ashville Depot, Ohio Historical Society, 2007. Accessed 2010-09-18.
  3. ^ a b c d Owen, Lorrie K., ed. Dictionary of Ohio Historic Places. Vol. 2. St. Clair Shores: Somerset, 1999, 1141.
  4. ^ National Register Criteria for Evaluation, National Park Service. Accessed 2010-09-18.