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Historic depots a big part of Aberdeen

Historic depots a big part of Aberdeen

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Over a hundred years ago Aberdeen was the hub for transportation in Northeastern South Dakota, hence its nickname “the Hub City.” By 1886, nine different railways ran through the city. Four depot stations were built in the early 1900’s and all four still stand today.

The one in the worst shape today was built in 1907 by the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad. In order to preserve some of this depot, construction crews tore down the whole west side of the building. Many Aberdeen residents remember the depot being used as several things.

“I grew up 3 blocks from there. I used to hang out there as a kid. It was a lot of things after it was a depot, some fun, some not, but it's a nice historic building,” longtime Aberdeen resident Greg Sander said.

“At one time, when I came here to college, it was a very popular bar. It was called the Depot Club, and we had a lot of fun times,” lifelong Aberdeen resident Lynn Karrigan said.

This isn't the only old Depot bringing back memories though. Pam Helling works in a building that means a lot to her. The old Chicago Northwestern Depot that is now a credit union.

“The building has some family history for me, as well as Aberdeen history. My dad shipped out for World War II in this depot, and when I was born, we lived on South Dakota street, so it's just up the street from when I was a little girl,” Helling said.

Keeping the historic buildings can mean a lot to people, but it is also important to know if the building can be restored.

“We were fortunate with this building constantly being in use since its birth, but some haven't and there are just some things you can't salvage,” she said.

What’s left of the old Minneapolis and St. Louis depot will be renovated. Owner Doug Braa, doesn’t know what his plans are for the future of the building, but he does have several possibilities for the historic depot.
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