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64-FortPierreDepotMuseumAug2022

Fort Pierre Depot Museum:

Not a lot at this stop, but grabbed a few pics of what it had to offer.

The Fort Pier Depot was completed in 1906 and served the community for 50 years. The Depot showcases displays of railroad memorabilia from the early to mid-20th century. It has original Western Union signs, agent hat and sleeves, telegraph equipment, and various items that were shipped by rail at the time of operation.

The Chicago & North Western Railroad built a Depot in Fort Pierre in 1906 as part of the railroads expansion to Rapid City and beyond. In 1958, the depot was closed because of poor economic conditions and sold as surplus in 1963. In early 1964, rancher Shirley Miller moved the building to his ranch near Mud Butte and used it for storage. In 2010, the Depot was discovered and the Verendrye museum initiated discussion of returning the building to Fort Pierre. Mr. Miller donated the building to Fort Pierre with the condition that it be used for historic purposes and someone would have to come and get it. The Bring It Home Group formed in 2010 after two years of fundraising, the Fort Pierre Railroad Depot was finally in Fort Pierre in March 2013 and the rehabilitation is finished. It is now open as a museum, containing the original telegraph and other railroad and local memorabilia.

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