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ALL ABOARD . . . to save and restore the historic Northfield depot!

Moved, but Help Needed for Renovation

The threatened 1888 Union Pacific depot has been moved…and saved from destruction! The work now turns to repairing, rehabilitating, and reusing the depot.

As with several other recent local projects, the bids for the some of the construction and repair came in higher than expected (due to high demand from the many construction projects, some quite large, taking place in the state). Save the Northfield Depot must now raise additional funds to assure its preservation.

The funds needed for each stage of the depot rehabilitation, construction of the pavilion, and completion of the grounds are illustrated in the "thermometer" at the bottom of the page.

  • Donations can be made online by using the donate button to the right; please note that a processing fee will be subtracted from all online donations.
  • If you would like your FULL donation to go toward restoring the depot, please mail 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 info@northfielddepot.org

To Provide a Community Resource

The 1888 depot (on left in image) will provide:

  • information for visitors
  • public amenities, such as maps, self-guided tours, and snacks and beverages
  • public display of items like local artwork, historical artifacts, schedules, and other items  

The transit hub (new construction, on right in image) will provide:

  • a pavilion for events, such as weddings, art shows, markets and musical performances
  • an open space for sculptures, way-finding signs, bike racks, and bike repair station
  • a hub for easy pick-up and drop off by car, taxi, transit van, or bus
  • a convenient stopping place for bicyclists between the east and west side of the city
  • a bike path on track side with potential trail connections in future

Why save the Depot?

The depot was an integral part of Northfield's heritage, but it was slated be torn down unless it was moved. The railroad sold us it for $1 if we moved it off their property, and an agreement with the City of Northfield allowed 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