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.
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.
The depot was offered to the city but they didn't buy it, razed in 1975 (and Not by the UP).
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.
The Downtown Fire Department in Harlingen Texas to be exact.
Do you have any pictures or information about Passenger Station? Please