Monday, November 24, 2008

San Diego's Santa Fe Depot

San Diego's first train depot was built in 1887. Dark red with deep green trim, the building only stood for 30 years before the powers that be decided it needed to be replaced with something that better matched the architecture chosen for the upcoming Panama-California Exposition.

As part of the grand opening of the new Mission Revival passenger depot on March 7, 1915, the original tower at Bay & Broadway was pulled over by a cable attached to two locomotives. This effort is shown in the second photograph above.

The picture below is a vintage postcard that shows the building that replaced the original. The majority of it still stands.

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