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Vinton Train Depot History

Depot construction was started on August 1, 1899 and is considered one of the finest preserved passenger stations in Eastern Iowa. Here a visitor can look at a restored depot, study the hobo monikers in the renovated motorcar shed, and hop aboard a Rock Island Line caboose.

            It was erected at 612 Second Avenue, at a cost of about $40,000 and was dedicated March 1, 1900. The lower five feet of the exterior walls is of dressed stone of light color and the upper part of pressed brick. The floor of the depot is of terrazzo tile and the woodwork and wainscoting is white oak. The Depot is 132 feet long and 28 feet wide. There is a porte cochere 12 feet wide at the north side entrance.

        The depot no longer sees the bustle of passengers, the mail being snared or cargo being loaded and unloaded. It now stands quietly, reminiscing of those days and being preserved as another "Historical Point of Interest in Benton County". 

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