Mineola station (Texas)

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Mineola
Mineola station, September 2008.jpg
Mineola station in September 2008
Location 115 East Front Street
Mineola, Texas
United States
Coordinates 32°39′43″N 95°29′21″W / 32.66197°N 95.4891°W / 32.66197; -95.4891Coordinates: 32°39′43″N 95°29′21″W / 32.66197°N 95.4891°W / 32.66197; -95.4891
Owned by City of Mineola (station and parking lot)
Union Pacific Railroad (track and platform)
Line(s) Union Pacific Railroad
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Station code MIN
History
Opened 1906
April 28, 1996[1]
Closed April 30, 1971[1]
Rebuilt June 10, 2006[2]
Traffic
Passengers (2014) 6,776[3]Decrease 6.1%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Texas Eagle
toward Chicago

Mineola is a station in Mineola, Texas, United States, currently served by Amtrak's Texas Eagle. The station was originally built in 1906 by the Texas & Pacific Railway and also used by the Missouri Pacific Railroad.

History[edit]

Mineola station in October 1996, shortly after reopening

The Missouri-Pacific Railroad built the station in 1906. In 1951, as "modernization", the hipped roof was removed and decoration stripped from the station, leaving a rectangular brick building.[2]

The Missouri-Pacific Railroad ended service on its Texas Eagle on April 30, 1971, one day before Amtrak took over passenger services. In March 1974, Amtrak's Inter-American was extended from Fort Worth to St. Louis, restoring passenger service to the Missouri-Pacific Railroad's main line but without a stop in Mineola.[1] The Inter-American was replaced by the Eagle in 1981, which in turn was renamed as the Texas Eagle in 1988.[1]

On April 14, 1996, Newport station in Arkansas was closed as part of a deal with the Union Pacific Railroad to reopen the stop at Mineola. Trains began stopping at Mineola on April 28.[1] According to Mineola native Willie Brown, the station was reopened as the result of his persistent lobbying of President Bill Clinton. Responding to an Amtrak report that a survey did not reveal anyone wanting to get off in Mineola, Brown reportedly told Clinton: "The reason to stop in Mineola is not to let anybody off. It's to let the people on. It's not that great a place. Look at me! I left!"[4] Amtrak, however, credited "Mineola community leaders" with the successful effort.[5]

In 2005, the city began an $800,000 renovation project, funded primarily by the Texas Department of Transportation, to restore the station to its original appearance. A new angled roof was constructed, signage and landscaping built, and the interior converted for use as a railway museum. The station was rededicated on June 10, 2006.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "TEXAS EAGLE ROUTE - HISTORICAL TIMELINE". Texas Eagle Marketing and Performance Organization. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Mineola, Texas (MIN)". Great American Stations. Amtrak. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2014, State of Texas" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Brown, Willie (2008). Basic Brown: My Life and Our Times. Simon and Schuster. p. 255 – via Google Books. 
  5. ^ "Texas 'Railroad Town' Completes Restoration of Historic Depot" (Press release). Amtrak. June 8, 2006. Archived from the original on 8 November 2007. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Mineola station (Texas) at Wikimedia Commons