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1913- Present- Southern Pacific Railroad
In July of 1879 the Western Oregon Railroad provided McMinnville with its first rail connection and stimulated development of the town. This craftsman-style depot was constructed in 1912 with the arrival of the electric interurban rail service between Eugene and Portland. Diesel locomotives replaced the old steam locomotive in 1953.
This rectangular one-story hipped-roof train depot is of brick construction with wood detailing. A front canopy extends more than twenty feet over a cement platform. The original train depot was first established in the city of McMinnville in 1880 when the Western Oregon Railroad built a main line going south. This building was demolished after the new railroad depot was constructed in 1912.
Secondary Significant: Structures are classified as Primary Significant if they were built in or between 1913 and 1937. These buildings represent the secondary period of construction and development from the increase of city improvements and auto traffic.