Union Station (Owensboro, Kentucky)

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Union Station
Owensboro Union Station.jpg
Front and northern side
Union Station (Owensboro, Kentucky) is located in Kentucky
Union Station (Owensboro, Kentucky)
Union Station (Owensboro, Kentucky) is located in the US
Union Station (Owensboro, Kentucky)
Location 1039 Frederica St., Owensboro, Kentucky
Coordinates 37°45′56″N 87°6′45″W / 37.76556°N 87.11250°W / 37.76556; -87.11250Coordinates: 37°45′56″N 87°6′45″W / 37.76556°N 87.11250°W / 37.76556; -87.11250
Built 1905
Architect John Bacon Hutchings, Henry Franklin Hawes
Architectural style Victorian
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP August 01, 1979

The Union Station in Owensboro, Kentucky is a historic railroad station, built in 1905. Built mostly for the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, the station is made of limestone and slate, and currently is home to several businesses.[2]


The Union Station, unlike most urban railroad stations, was situated in a "more spacious area". In the west end was a waiting area, and the east end featured a two-story freight section. The station gains a Gothic look with wooden barge boarding and brackets on its gabled entrance.[3]

The L&N used the second floor of the building for support services and administration.[4]


The first railroad company in Owensboro was the Owensboro and Russellville Railroad, in operation from 1867 to 1876. After the O&R went bankrupt, the Owensboro and Nashville Railroad took over the assets, and were in control until purchased by the L&N in 1879.[5]

The station was a joint effort between the L&N, the Louisville, Henderson and St. Louis Railroad, and the Illinois Central Railroad, building over an older depot of the Louisville, Henderson and St. Louis. The plans were designed by Henry F. Hawes and John B. Hutchings and constructed by Walter Brashear. The initial work was completed in 1906.[6]

At its height in the 1920s, the station daily served eighteen passenger trains. In 1958, the station stopped being used for passenger traffic, as the L&N claimed annual losses of $130,000 for continuing the passenger service.[5]

Since then it has seen several different uses. In the 1970s it was used as a discothèque and then a pizza parlor, but both were unsuccessful, leaving the station empty for a time.[3] Major over hauls of the station occurred in 1982 and 1988, with the latter seeing a two-story atrium and office added to its eastern side.[4] Current tenants include a preschool, an architectural design group, an adult day care, and a Hilliard Lyons office.


  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Union Station, Owensboro, Kentucky Archiplanet.org
  3. ^ a b Henderson Sec.7, p.1
  4. ^ a b Blake p.93
  5. ^ a b Henderson Sec.8, p.1
  6. ^ Daviess County KY Historical Society


  • Blake, Terry (2007). Owensboro. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-4427-2. 
  • Henderson, Jayne (March 1979). Union Station NRHP Nomination Form. Frankfort, KY: Kentucky Heritage Commission. 
  Former services  
Preceding station   Illinois Central   Following station
Terminus Owensboro Branch
toward Horse Branch