Rail depot in northern Iowa to be demolished

A railroad company intends to demolish a historic train depot in northern Iowa.

Canadian Pacific Railway spokesman Andy Cummings tells the Mason City Globe Gazette that the Milwaukee Road Depot in Mason City is scheduled for demolition.

Cummings says the depot has been vacant since the railway relocated its operations to another structure in 2013. He says the structure can’t be repurposed because it’s next to an active rail yard.

The depot was originally built around 1895.

Bob Storozuk is the president of the Milwaukee Road Historical Association. He says the depot acted as a focal point for the town, offering transportation and a location to pick up packages and telegrams.

Cummings didn’t say when demolition would begin or how much it would cost.

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Information from: Globe Gazette, http://www.globegazette.com/