Staples station

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Staples, MN
Staples Depot.jpg
The Staples depot from the south-southeast
LocationFirst & Fourth Avenues
Staples, MN 56479
Coordinates46°21′16″N 94°47′43″W / 46.35444°N 94.79528°W / 46.35444; -94.79528
Line(s)BNSF Railway Staples Subdivision
Platforms1 side platform
ParkingYes; free
Other information
Station codeSPL
Opened1902 or 1909
Passengers (2016)6,120[1]Increase 14.9%
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Seattle or Portland
Empire Builder
toward Chicago
Northern Pacific Railway Depot and Freighthouse
Staples station is located in Minnesota
Staples station
Staples station is located in the US
Staples station
LocationStaples, Minnesota
Coordinates46°21′16″N 94°47′43″W / 46.35444°N 94.79528°W / 46.35444; -94.79528Coordinates: 46°21′16″N 94°47′43″W / 46.35444°N 94.79528°W / 46.35444; -94.79528
ArchitectNorthern Pacific Railway Engineering Dept
Architectural styleClassic Revival
NRHP reference #85003613[2]
Added to NRHPJune 13, 2008[3]

Staples is an Amtrak intercity train station in Staples, Minnesota, United States, served by Amtrak's daily Empire Builder service. It was built in December 1909 by the Northern Pacific Railway. The architects of the station were Charles A. Reed and Allen H. Stem, who also designed the Northern Pacific's King Street Station in Seattle, Washington, and the New York Central Railroad's Grand Central Terminal in New York City.

In the mid-2000s the city began negotiations with BNSF with the intent to purchase and rehabilitate the depot, which was largely empty and not well maintained. The sale was finalized in February 2008 and the depot is now owned and managed by the Staples Historical Society (SHS). Since then the SHS has undertaken a handful of important improvement projects, such as installing a new roof and repairing historic windows. The group is also searching for funding to undertake a full-scale rehabilitation of the interior and mechanical systems. Ultimately the SHS hopes to restore the second floor so that it can house the Staples Historical Society Museum. The local chamber of commerce currently occupies the ticket office adjacent to the waiting room.[4]

The station was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 13, 2008.[3]


  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2016, State of Minnesota" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2016. Retrieved 2017-02-20.
  2. ^ Todd County Listings at the National Register of Historic Places
  3. ^ a b "National Register of Historic Places Listings". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-06-13.
  4. ^ "Staples Station". Amtrak's Great American Stations. Retrieved 3 December 2014.

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