Lafayette station (Indiana)

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Big Four Depot, Lafayette.jpg
Lafayette's historic Amtrak station was originally a "Big Four" Depot
Location 200 North 2nd Street
Lafayette, Indiana, United States 47901
Owned by City of Lafayette
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 3
Connections CityBus
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code LAF
Opened 1902
Rebuilt 1994
Passengers (2013) 24,925[1]Decrease 8.9%
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Chicago
Hoosier State
toward Indianapolis
  Former services  
New York Central Railroad
toward Chicago
Chicago – Cincinnati
(Big Four Railroad)
toward Cincinnati
BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak
toward Chicago
Kentucky Cardinal
toward Louisville
toward Norfolk
Big Four Depot
Print from copy negative of postcard ca. 1910. (Original in Tippecanoe County Historical Society.) View southeast, northwest side. - Big Four Depot, 10 South Second Street, HABS IND,79-LAFY,3-21.tif
ca. 1910. Big Four Depot
Lafayette station (Indiana) is located in Tippecanoe County, Indiana
Lafayette station (Indiana)
Lafayette station (Indiana) is located in Indiana
Lafayette station (Indiana)
Lafayette station (Indiana) is located in the US
Lafayette station (Indiana)
Coordinates 40°25′7″N 86°53′44″W / 40.41861°N 86.89556°W / 40.41861; -86.89556Coordinates: 40°25′7″N 86°53′44″W / 40.41861°N 86.89556°W / 40.41861; -86.89556
Area 8 acres (3 ha)
Architect Buckeye Chum Company
Architectural style Romanesque
NRHP Reference # 03000548[2]
Added to NRHP June 22, 2003

Lafayette is an Amtrak station in Lafayette, Indiana, served by the Cardinal and Hoosier State. The current station facility was established in 1994. The Amtrak train previously stopped in the middle of the city's 5th Street, near the former Monon Railroad depot.[3] The station building was moved to its current location from a different site. It is a Romanesque Revival style depot built in 1902 by the Lake Erie and Western Railroad and Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway,[4] as the Big Four Depot.[5] The station was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.[2]


The building is an example of early twentieth century commercial architecture. It is one of two such structures in Indiana. It became part of the New York Central System, serving passengers through Lafayette between Cincinnati and Chicago. Lafayette was a major stop on this main artery of transportation for the NYC.[6]


  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of Indiana" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Dynamic Depot Maps - Indiana
  5. ^ "Indiana State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD)" (Searchable database). Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. Retrieved 2016-07-01.  Note: This includes Laura Thayer (September 2002). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Big Four Depot" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-07-01.  and Accompanying photographs
  6. ^ Library of Congress, Template:AmericanMemory.LOC.GOV; HABS IND,79-LAFY,3-; Survey number HABS IN-257

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