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Santa Fe Station – Lawrence

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Built: 1956 | Year Saved: N/A
Contributor: Kansas Preservation Alliance

In July 1951, the Kansas River flooded throughout eastern Kansas. Lawrence was inundated by water and some of the low-lying areas south of the river had two to three feet of water, including the Santa Fe tracks and the 1883 station. This devastating flood so damaged the old 1883 station that the Santa Fe Railroad Company decided to replace the 1883 station with a new station on the same site. When it was dedicated on February 7, 1956, the Lawrence Journal World carried a front-page story with the headline “Gratitude shown to Santa Fe for Local Progress.” The station continues to be an operating passenger station for AMTRAK, serving the eastbound and westbound Southwest Chief daily.

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