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Chicago & Alton Railroad Depot

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Address: 318 West Pacific Avenue, Independence, MO 64050
Phone Number: +1 816-325-7955
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Unexpected Find

We saw this railroad museum after visiting the Frontier Trail Museum.. Its next door and not very well marked. We didn't plan the visit, but glad we did. We were the only ones... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Williamstown NJ
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Williamstown NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We saw this railroad museum after visiting the Frontier Trail Museum.. Its next door and not very well marked. We didn't plan the visit, but glad we did. We were the only ones there and got a private tour and enjoyed learning a little RailRoad history and see their great displays.They have a lot more displays then we expected. People... More 

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Lees Summit
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and I stopped here after visiting the national frontier trails museum. We liked the depot way better! It's free but donations are encouraged and welcome. There's a 5 minute video to watch and then the tour guide shows you through the depot and the upstairs living quarters. All the furniture and items have all been donated, it's really... More 

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Rockville, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Great example of a restored RR Station, complete with period furnishings and an expert volunteer guide.

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Yuma, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

small yet very interesting museum located near to the frontier trail museum. the curator is very knowledgeable and very passionate about this build. don't expect to just "pop" in and get out as he will give you a 1 hour tour soo if you don't have the time then skip the tour and just look around the building's entrance and... More 

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Cedar Falls
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

I actually enjoyed this more than I thought I would. It's next to the Frontier Museum which is why we visited but we really enjoyed the free tour. The lower level focuses on the train deport and the upper level consists of the rooms where the stationmaster and his family lived. We saw many tools and gadgets that are no... More 

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St. Charles, MO
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016

This is a wonderful tour for all ages!! And, it's FREE! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the station as well as how traveling by train back in the 1880s would have been.

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Thank mapgirl4
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

With the rapid expansion of railroads across America in the 1850s, trains became the hub of commerce, travel and communication. The depot has been restored to excellent condition and the 24/7 nature of depot activities are explained.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016 via mobile

If you're into trains you'll love it even if you're not there's a lot of history here to see and read about. Such an old old station. It's just fantastic that they have all of the building restored to what it used to look like.

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Thank Bernardo F
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

Free, but you will be asked for a voluntary donation. Great for those who enjoy train history. There is a resident docent who enjoys answering questions. Is located adjacent to the National Trails Museum.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015

This was an interesting little railroad depot. The docent was a very nice gentleman but we couldn't seem to find a way to politely and graciously end our tour (he kept going and going). Ultimately, others came and while he was talking with them we politely snuck out and drove away.

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