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        Passenger Depots, Stations, Terminals & Platforms

        

     This page is an attempt to list all the depots, stations, terminals and loading platforms that existed in Columbus, Ohio over the years. I expect the list is not complete, so please send additions and corrections to columbusrr@att.net.

     I havent been able clearly identify the difference between a depot and a station.  The words seem to have been used interchangeably. The first two depot/stations located at  N. High and Naghten Streets were called Columbus Union Depot.  The third was Columbus Union Station; maybe the implication was for Columbus, at least, a station was a step up.  Terminals seemed to be an additional step up with Cleveland and Cincinnati both having grand railroad terminals built in the early mid-Twentieth Century.  Not to be left out, Columbus also had a terminal, its 1912 Columbus Interurban Terminal.

     Platforms for this purpose will be for stops that handled large numbers of people or very special customers and resulted in the building of some sort of platform usually with a canopy and sometimes a shelter, but not a full building.

 

Steam Road Depots and Stations

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Columbus Union Depot #1, N. High & Naghten Streets, 1850-1875

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Columbus Union Depot #2, N. High & Naghten Streets, 1875-1897

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Columbus Union Station #3, N. High & Naghten Streets, 1897-1976

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Columbus Amtrak Station, Fourth & Goodale Streets, 1977-1979

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Mound Street Railroad Station (Hocking Valley Railroad), 1800s

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Toledo & Ohio Central Railroad Station, 379 W. Broad Street, 1895 late 1920s

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South Columbus, (Hocking Valley Railroad)

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Arlington Place, PRR, West Side of Scioto River - closed by 1931

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East North Broadway, Big Four Railroad

 

Steam Road Platforms 

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Franklin Park (N&W RR), possibly some years during 1876-1885.  Used for Fair goers when the state fair was held at Franklin Park.

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Ohio State Fair Grounds-Southwest gate (Columbus, Sandusky & Hocking Railroad), 1896 (possibly other years as well)

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Ohio State Fair Grounds-West main gate (Big Four), 1891-1893, 1895-(possibly to the 1920s)

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Port Columbus on Fifth Avenue (PRR), 1929-1930.  Used for the train to plane service.

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Ft Hayes (PRR),  During World War II, may have been used during WW I as well.  Troop trains stopped for meal breaks at Fort Hayes and to pick up army personal in transit. 

 

Interurban Stations and Terminal

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Interurban Station, West Gay Street between Front and High Streets, about 1902-1912

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Columbus Station (Scioto Valley Traction) Rich and South Third Streets, 1904-1930

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Columbus Interurban Terminal, Rich and South Third Streets, 1912-1939

       (The last two were across the street from each other.)

 

Streetcar Platforms 

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Ohio State Fair Grounds West gate, later Main gate on the south side of the fair grounds, 1888-1934 (Streetcar tracks were left in place on Chittenden Avenue for use during special events at the Fair grounds, but were eliminated by 1947 and maybe sooner.

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Minerva Park located 1/2 mile north of the then city limits on the Columbus - Westerville line,  1895-1902

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Olentangy Park at North High Street and Arcadia Avenue,  1896-1938

 

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