Abandoned Train Station in Joplin Missouri:
This abandoned train station is on the National Register of Historic Places, but due to revitalization costs has fallen into major disrepair. The Joplin Union Depot was built in 1911, and in November 1969 the last train departed this facility. This structure has been abandoned and in a state of slow deterioration ever since. There have been numerous talks and attempts at restoration, but nothing has come to fruition as of the time of posting this. Here’s a great article on the station’s history, controversies, and attempts at restoration.
This abandoned train station is not open to the public – there are fences and the local police are active in the area; so please do not trespass on the property. That said, these pics were all taken through the chain link fence, so if you like seeing abandoned structures in person, you can get a decent view without trespassing. It’s located on Broadway (just east of First Street) and Main Street in Joplin, Missouri.
The abandoned Joplin Union Depot is the size of a city block, and there’s still a lot of interest in restoring this amazing space. The architecture of this station was well before it’s time, and the space seems perfect for a creative venue for art festivals, farmer’s markets, restaurants, and more. As of my last time of researching this building, it was in need of a new owner to (finally?) bring this fantastic abandoned train station back into use!
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If you visit this abandoned train station, remember the most important rule of abandoned photography and sight seeing – take only pictures, leave only foot prints.