Monday, January 11, 2010

Dave's Depots -- St. James, Missouri

This edition of Dave's Depots takes us to picturesque St. James, Missouri. St. James is a town in Phelps County, and is located approximately 80 miles southwest of St. Louis. The town sits along old Route 66 and Interstate 44. Located in the center of town is this structure, a wood depot built by the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway (better known as the Frisco). St. James sits on the Frisco's St. Louis-Springfield, MO mainline.
St. James is and was a center of Missouri's wine making industry, as the soil conditions are good for growing grapes. I'm sure many a crate of LCL wine passed through this depot's freight house. Today, the depot appears to be unused, but is in good condition. I am unsure of its ownership.

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