Depots of Iowa: The James H. Andrew Railroad Museum & History Center. If you have ever wondered about Iowa railroad depots’ history, wonder no more. An exhibit called "Depots of Iowa" is open at the James H. Andrew Railroad Museum and History Center in Boone. The exhibit encompasses Iowa railroad depot history beginning with the inception of railroads and their depots in the state, progressing through the golden years, and culminating with the declining years of railroading. Topics will include the importance of railroad depots as social centers, communication outlets, and their initial catalysts of community builders in the state. Thirteen color banners will highlight depot history with many unseen photos.
In addition, several interactive kiosks will be available enabling visitors to initially view fifty Iowa depots, with more depots being added over time (in groups of fifty at a time.) These will include depots throughout the state with a photo and information about each one. At one time there were more than 1,000 railroad depots in Iowa serving a number of railroads.
The exhibit will be on display throughout 2014.
Upcoming hours for the museum are: Monday - Thursday 10 am to 4 pm, Friday 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday 10 am to 4 pm.
This program was partially sponsored by a grant from Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.