Passenger Station

McAllen, Texas

This passenger depot at McAllen, TX, on the border with Mexico, ...
This passenger depot at McAllen, TX, on the border with Mexico, was built in 1927, and served as the passenger station for McAllen until passenger service ceased in 1952. The details of the depot are similar to the one at Edinburg, TX, in that they are reminiscient of the Spanish Colonial Revival Architecture. Between 1952 and 1985, the building housed public agencies such as the city police, jail and municipal court. Today it serves as a law office. Photo by Dave Matthews, April 2008.

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I first saw this beautiful depot in 1988. It was a law office then. There was still track intact behind it and a white reefer car parked not far away.

SP also had beautiful passenger depots in the Valley at Brownsville, Harlingen, and Edinburg. All still stand except the Harlingen one.

Dennis Hogan
Frisco, TX

I recall the Southern Pacific Station In Harlingen Texas. A priveledge to see 2 Stations in 1 city. Union Pacific razed it. How sad no one put it on the national registery to be saved. UP just wants money and will destroy everything in its path.

Chicago, IL

The depot was offered to the city but they didn't buy it, razed in 1975 (and Not by the UP).

Allan Gilbert
Placentia, CA

Allan, I beg to differ. The depot was up until 2011. It was located next to the Fire Department in Harlingen. You may be referring to a previous depot. Not this one that was razed in the past few years.

Chicago, IL

The Downtown Fire Department in Harlingen Texas to be exact.

Chicago, IL

The white railroad building at the corner of Jefferson Ave and A St, across from fire Station #1, is gone. It still appears on some street view shots from 2011, but shots just a few feet over from 2017 show the building gone. In the shots where the building is still present, the neon lettering along the top of the building front says "Southern Pacific - Cotton Belt". Below in smaller letters it said "District Freight - Passenger Office". The lettering must be VERY old as SP discontinued passenger service in south Texas around 1958.

Noe Gutierrez
McAllen, TX