ALL ABOARD . . . to save and restore the historic Northfield depot!
Help Us Raise $293,000 to Save and Renovate the Depot
The threatened 1888 Union Pacific depot must be moved or it will be torn down. Save the Northfield Depot must raise $293,000 to move and renovate the depot by summer 2014 to assure its preservation. Over $100,000 has been raised so far, but there remains a $193,000 gap that needs to be met.
Donations can be made using the "Donate Today" button to the right or by mailing a check to Save the Northfield Depot, 712 4th St. E., Northfield, MN 55057. Questions and offers of in-kind materials/labor donations are also welcome and accepted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're holding a raffle!
Win a hand-crafted miniature collector’s dollhouse (valued at $1,200). One ticket can be purchased for $5 OR five tickets for $20 at:
- By All Means Graphics
- Rob Martin Insurance
- The Local Joint
- Quality Bakery
- Northfield Olive Oils and Vinegars
- Neveah Salon
- Eagles Club
- Graphic Mailbox
- KYMN Radio
- Northfield Historical Society
- from Save the Northfield Depot board members.
The drawing will be held at By All Means Graphics on December 12 at 9 p.m. Proceeds go to Save the Northfield Depot. You do not need to be present to win. The dollhouse is on display at By All Means Graphics (off of Bridge Square). See more images on Facebook.
Ride with the James-Younger Gang
The James-Younger Gang re-enactors are offering you a chance to ride with them during the Defeat of Jesse James Days when you make a $5,000 donation to Save the Northfield Depot. Donors will become a lifelong member of the gang and receive a professionally filmed video of their infamous ride. If you are more the law and order type, a $2,500 donation will allow you to take part in the defense of the bank and town by joining the townfolk re-enactors. Learn more at www.givemn.org/Northfielddepot.
Why save the Depot?
The depot was an integral part of Northfield's heritage, but it must now be moved or it will be torn down. The railroad has offered to sell it to us for $1 if we move it from their property. An agreement with the City of Northfield will allow us to purchase for $1 a portion city land between 2nd and 3rd Streets. Saving the depot will also:
- Preserve an architectural treasure and the last key symbol of our railroad heritage
- Help revitalize the west side
- Create additional public amenities and gathering places
- Provide a convenient and attractive setting for a visitor’s center
- Complement the proposed transit hub
- Enhance the appearance of a city gateway