106-year-old train depot in Snyder torn down


SNYDER, Texas - A train depot that was built when Howard Taft was president is being reduced to rubble.

After a lengthy battle to save the Santa Fe Depot, crews are tearing it down. Burlington Northern Railroad said the 106-year-old building posed a safety risk.

The Scurry County Historical Commission -- which fought for five years to save the depot -- was close to selling it to preservationist in Austin. But he backed out because moving it would have required the building to be cut into eight pieces and the structure would not have withstood the trip.

The depot was built in 1911 and designed by Louis Curtis, a well-known Kansas City architect. Curtis built four Santa Fe Railroad stations. The one in Lubbock burned down. Another in Sweetwater was demolished. The one in Post has been rehabilitated.

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