Norman Depot

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Norman Depot
Amtrak-Norman.jpg
Location 200 South Jones Avenue
Norman, OK 73069
Owned by City of Norman
Line(s)
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Construction
Parking Free
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code NOR
History
Opened 1909
Rebuilt 2003
Traffic
Passengers (2016) 11,748[1]Decrease 0.28%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Fort Worth
Heartland Flyer
Terminus
  Former services  
Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe
toward Newton
Newton – Purcell
toward Purcell
Santa Fe Depot
(Norman Depot)
Norman Depot is located in Oklahoma
Norman Depot
Norman Depot is located in the US
Norman Depot
Location Jct.of Abner Norman Dr. and Comanche St., Norman, Oklahoma
Coordinates 35°13′11.64″N 97°26′35.16″W / 35.2199000°N 97.4431000°W / 35.2199000; -97.4431000Coordinates: 35°13′11.64″N 97°26′35.16″W / 35.2199000°N 97.4431000°W / 35.2199000; -97.4431000
Area less than one acre
Built 1909 (1909)
Architectural style Mission/spanish Revival
NRHP Reference # 90002203[2]
Added to NRHP January 25, 1991

The Norman Depot serves a dual function in the Norman, Oklahoma, community. As a passenger rail station it is served by Amtrak's Heartland Flyer and as a community center it houses the Norman Performing Arts Studio, a non-profit arts association.[3] The depot is located at milepost 401.8 of the BNSF Railway's Red Rock subdivision.

Community volunteers from the Norman Performing Arts Studio and Passenger Rail Oklahoma[4] serve as "depot hosts" meeting passengers departing on the morning train and those arriving in the evening. The depot is also available to rent as a meeting space.

History[edit]

The depot was constructed in 1909 by the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway. Its grand opening occurred on November 18, 1909. It was originally served by trains of its builder, including the Texas Chief. After Amtrak's establishment in 1971, it was served by a train of the same name, renamed in 1974 to the Lone Star. Those trains served points as far away as Chicago, Illinois and Galveston, Texas. Service was discontinued on October 9, 1979, and no passenger train service was available until June 1999, when the Heartland Flyer was instituted between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth, Texas.

The architectural design of the depot is a modified Mission Santa Fe county seat standard plan.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2016, State of Oklahoma" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2016. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  2. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ "The Performing Arts Studio". Retrieved 2007-10-30. 
  4. ^ "Passenger Rail Oklahoma". Retrieved 2009-04-15. 
  5. ^ "Portraits of Historic Norman" (PDF). City of Norman Historic District Commission. 2001. p. 6. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-10-30. 

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