Louisville and Nashville Railroad

Founded in 1850, the Louisville and Nashville Railroad provided rail travel for both freight and passengers.  L & N, as it was commonly referred to, grew to serve 13 states in the Midwest and South. The Henderson Union Station Depot, a one-story stone station, was built in 1901 on the L & N Line to St. Louis. This photo shows several passengers waiting on the stone porch at the station.

With passenger service at the station coming to an end in 1971 and switch-and-signal service ending in 1978, the station was first to be condemned in 1979 and a wrecking crew was hired for its demolition. A successful “Save the Depot” campaign resulted in the depot being listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

In 2015, the city of Henderson requested bids to either raze or restore the station. Restorations are underway and expected to be completed next year.

History Lesson is a pictorial history of Evansville compiled by Daniel Smith, local history and digitization librarian at the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library.

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