Cotton Belt Depot Museum

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Cotton Belt Depot Museum
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Cotton Belt Depot Museum in 2018
Cotton Belt Depot Museum is located in Texas
Cotton Belt Depot Museum
Cotton Belt Depot Museum
Cotton Belt Depot Museum is located in the United States
Cotton Belt Depot Museum
Cotton Belt Depot Museum
Cotton Belt Depot Museum (the United States)
Location210 E. Oakwood St.,
Tyler, Texas
Coordinates32°21′15″N 95°17′52″W / 32.35417°N 95.29778°W / 32.35417; -95.29778Coordinates: 32°21′15″N 95°17′52″W / 32.35417°N 95.29778°W / 32.35417; -95.29778
TypeModel trains
Railroad memorabilia
WebsiteCotton Belt Depot Museum Tyler Texas
St. Louis Southwestern Railway (Cotton Belt) Passenger Depot
Arealess than one acre
Built1905 (1905)
Built bySt. Louis Southwestern Railway
Architectural stylePrairie School,
MPSTyler, Texas MPS
NRHP reference #01000873[1]
Added to NRHPAugust 8, 2001

The Cotton Belt Depot Museum is a museum located in the historic railroad depot in Tyler, Texas.


Tyler, Texas, had been a railroad hub since the Houston and Great Northern first came through the town in 1873.[2] The depot was opened in 1905. The railroad business added to the local economy, but fell victim to the emergence of more modern forms of transportation, and the depot closed its doors in 1956.[3] The railroad deeded the depot over to the City of Tyler in 1988. After a renovation, the majority of the space was shared by the Tyler Transit Department and the museum has the smaller part.

The museum is run by the Cotton Belt Rail Historical Society Tyler Tap Chapter, which was part of the Cotton Belt Rail Historical Society before breaking off to form a separate organization.[4]


The model train collection of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Bragg is the bulk of the hands-on exhibit. Other artifacts and memorabilia have been donated by various individuals. Tour groups are welcome. Visiting hours are Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is free.[4]

The Cotton Belt Historical Society Tyler Tap Chapter also hosts the annual Cotton Belt Train Show in Tyler.[4]


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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2013-11-02.
  2. ^ McCroskey, Vista K. "Tyler Tap Railroad". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  3. ^ Bowman, Bob. "The Tyler Depot". Blueprints For Travel, LLC. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  4. ^ a b c "Cotton Belt Train Museum". City of Tyler. Retrieved 3 January 2012.

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