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Circa 1909 - Anderson PRR Station
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Circa 1909 - Anderson PRR Station
 
« on: Sep 9th, 2016, 6:32am »
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Circa 1909 - Anderson PRR Station
The Pennsylvania station at 9th and Fletcher. In the back right is the old Madison County Jail (white building) and the Norton Brewing Co. which was the Ralston Purina feeds in the 50s. Across the street were hotels and small shops that catered to the traveler in better days. Note the 'Home Made' and Gospel Trumpet signs. Postcard Photo - Roger Hensley Collection.  
 


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Re: Circa 1909 - Anderson PRR Station
 
« Reply #1 on: Sep 9th, 2016, 1:00pm »
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Does this station still exist?


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Re: Circa 1909 - Anderson PRR Station
 
« Reply #2 on: Sep 10th, 2016, 8:50am »
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No.
 
In the history of the station, The first PRR station was at 5th and Main Streets in Anderson. As traffic became more and more, the building at 5th and Main was turned into a freight station and a new passenger station was built at 9th and Fletcher. That station lasted 60 or 70 years and was closed and sold and the freight station at 5th and Main was redone as a passenger and freight station.
9th and Fletcher was turned into a bar that had beautiful large photos of train scenes all along the walls. However. people didn't want to drive uphill to get there in the winter. The bar was closed after a couple of years or so.
 
No lights. No water. No gas. The building suddenly burned in the middle of the night. It was all lost including the beautiful photos.


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Re: Circa 1909 - Anderson PRR Station
 
« Reply #3 on: Sep 13th, 2016, 7:22am »
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Here is a photo I found taken about 1887-1900 showing a Livery Stable where the Grain and Coal dealers would be later. This is between the depot and St. Mary church. Also. there is no second track where there will be one later. This is probably shortly after the station was new.
 



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« Reply #4 on: Sep 13th, 2016, 12:25pm »
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It almost looks like they are getting ready to install the second track.


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Re: Circa 1909 - Anderson PRR Station
 
« Reply #5 on: Sep 14th, 2016, 6:28am »
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Yes, it does.

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Re: Circa 1909 - Anderson PRR Station
 
« Reply #6 on: Sep 15th, 2016, 6:51am »
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And this one just came to me from Mike Hayes. He sez: "Here is a different picture of Anderson PRR depot with more action. I bought this off Ebay from a guy in Australia. Photographer unknown. It's approximately 1910 to 1915."
Mike Hayes Collection


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« Reply #7 on: Sep 15th, 2016, 12:35pm »
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Looks plenty busy and that second track has obviously been in for quite a while by then.


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« Reply #8 on: Sep 18th, 2016, 7:23am »
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This is the PRR Freight House at 5th and Main (just north of the intersection). It is listed as being 1910. The building is long gone, but there are still tracks showing through the pavement. Across the tracks to the left, was an ice house. This was very common practice then for filling ice cars (refrigerated cars) to prevent perishables from spoiling.  
1910 Postcard Photo - Ron Buser Collection
 



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