11 Abandoned Train Depots In Iowa That Will Take You Straight To The Past

The Railroad helped build the American West, and Iowa was an important stop on the way from East Coast to West Coast. Not only did travelers come through Iowa in droves, but our agricultural industry was able to grow tremendously with a new way to ship crops, meats and products, helping the Hawkeye State be one that truly fed the nation. However, in modern times, rail travel has significantly died off, and only a few major tracks still run through Iowa. Many of the former stations have stayed standing, and these abandoned train depots in Iowa will take you back in time to when trains were at the center of many lives.

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Of course, these are just the most notable of Iowa’s abandoned train depots. Anyone who’s driven through the Hawkeye State can attest that there are many more lining the highways as you explore all of our counties. Which one is your favorite to see?

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