I am always interested in historic buildings and monuments wherever I travel.
If there is a sign on the side of a highway, I can’t resist stopping to read what the marker says ---no matter what it says!
Who was born here?
Who slept here?
Who fought a battle here?
What was this the site of?
On the first morning of my stay in Punta Gorda we drove past the old train depot, and I made a plan to stop when we were finished with our guild meeting yesterday so that I could take a little tour and satisfy the niggle of curiosity that dwells within ---do you hear those “gotta find out” voices too?
Punta Gorda Train Depot, circa 1928
About the depot:
The Punta Gorda Train Depot, built in 1928, is the sole survivor of the 6 depots built by the Atlantic Coast Line in Mediterranean Revival style.
The building which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was designed mainly to handle freight.
The passenger area occupies a small portion of the northern end of the building. Separate ticket windows, waiting rooms and bathrooms reflect the segregation practiced at that time.
It chills me to the bone to think of that time ---when we separated folks based on the color of their skin.
We may have come a long way ---but not far enough!
In August 2004 the depot was hit by Hurricane Charlie, but it has since been restored as a Punta Gorda landmark. The depot was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.
It was a quick walk back in time, but I am so glad we made time for it!