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Wheatland Railroad Depot



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The Wheatland Depot, constructed in 1895, is situated at the east end of Wheatland's original ''main street'', Gilchrist Avenue, at its junction with the tracks. The Depot consists of four rooms laid out in a row. The waiting room is on the north, the Station Master's office with bay window next, then the express room for packages, ending with the large freight room on the south. The town of Wheatland and the neighboring farming district owe their existence to two events: the bringing of irrigation water through the Wheatland tunnel and the arrival of the railroad. Water made crops grow. The railroad made crops profitable. The Wheatland Depot was the point of arrival for most settlers and the point of departure for the area's products, sugar beets, wheat, cattle and produce. Until its closure in 1969, the Wheatland Depot was a focal point of commerce in the community.



Date Added to Register:
Friday, February 16, 1996
Platte County
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