Chipley station

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Chipley
Chipley Amtrak01.jpg
Other names Bill Lee Station
Location 675 7th Street
Chipley, FL
Coordinates 30°46′51″N 85°32′15″W / 30.780748°N 85.53763°W / 30.780748; -85.53763Coordinates: 30°46′51″N 85°32′15″W / 30.780748°N 85.53763°W / 30.780748; -85.53763
Line(s)
Construction
Parking free short-term, paid overnight
Other information
Station code CIP
History
Closed 2005
Traffic
Passengers (2007) 0 Steady 0%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Los Angeles
Sunset Limited
service suspended
toward Orlando
Location
Chipley, Florida

Chipley station is a former intercity railroad station in Chipley, Florida. It is the closest station to Panama City, Florida. It is currently the headquarters of the Washington County Historical Society. The grounds include two former train stations: the Louisville and Nashville Depot and Bill Lee Station. The station was served by Amtrak's Sunset Limited train until service was suspended after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. Amtrak has proposed reopening the station as part of a restored Sunset Limited route in the future.

History[edit]

Chipley, Florida, named for William Dudley Chipley, came into existence as a stop on the Pensacola and Atlantic Railroad around 1882. The P&A was absorbed by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, who built the Louisville and Nashville Depot in downtown Chipley. Later, rail service was moved to a smaller building close to the tracks, Bill Lee Station. This served as Chipley's stop on Amtrak's Sunset Limited until 2005, when Amtrak suspended the Sunset Limited east of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The old L&N depot became a farmers' market and the headquarters of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce. In 2010, the Washington County Historical Society acquired the site, including both buildings, and adapted them as a museum and headquarters.[1][2][3]

Notable places[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Museum". www.washingtoncountyhistoricalsociety.org. Washington County Historical Society. 2011. Retrieved January 6, 2016. 
  2. ^ Friend, Sandra; Wolf, Kathy (2012). Explorer's Guide North Florida & the Florida Panhandle. The Countryman Press. p. 92. ISBN 0881509655. 
  3. ^ Turner, Gregg (2003). A Short History of Florida Railroads. Arcadia. pp. 84–89. ISBN 0881509655. 

External links[edit]

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