Union Station, circa 1913

This photograph shows Union Station’s exterior from NW Johnson St. The image includes the National Express Company, horse drawn carriages, the Olympia Hotel sign, and a Mascot billboard.

 

Union Station Exterior from NW Johnson St, 1913 : A2009-009.568

Union Station Exterior from NW Johnson St, 1913 : A2009-009.568

 

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8 Responses to “Union Station, circa 1913”

  1. Katie Says:

    Because it’s dark and from a distance, this photograph doesn’t seem have detail that would make it interesting to me, but when you make it full screen (or zoom in) it’s rich with history. Thank you for choosing it.

  2. Bill Says:

    How did Union Station get its name?

  3. oldwxwatcher Says:

    Great picture. It was taken from just about where the NE corner of the Main Post Office is today. One reason the post office was built where it is was because of its proximity to the train station. Much mail used to travel by train, of course. Even into the 1970s a lot of “outsides” (parcels too large to fit in a mail sack) were sent by train. Postal workers would drive an electric tractor to the station, pick up large stake-sided wagons (called “wingers”) full of parcels and take them back to the post office for processing.

  4. stiefve Says:

    @Bill

    A “<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_station"union station” is the North American term for a station used by more than one railroad company. There are a good number of Union Stations across the U.S.

  5. stiefve Says:

    Oops, didn’t get my link right and now can’t edit it. Just go to Wikipedia and search for union station.

  6. Kenn Says:

    I had not known of a track on the west side of the Broadway ramp, apparently a siding for direct delivery to the post office.

  7. Brian Says:

    @Kenn This photo is from long before the post office existed at its current site.

    Here’s an aerial photo of the area from more than 25 years later.

  8. oldwxwatcher Says:

    Kenn, I believe that siding served the old general freight building which is visible, through the Broadway ramp girders, in the Union Station picture that was shown on this site on 8/15. The current post office didn’t open until 1963 and the old one, just south of it across Hoyt, didn’t have rail access.

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