Minburn Train Depot Moves to New Stop

MINBURN, Iowa – A 100-year old building is getting another chance of life.

Crews in Minburn spent Thursday morning relocating the train depot from its original spot along the tracks to a new location on the Raccoon Valley bike trail.

Workers will then renovate it with a new cafe and bathrooms for the riders.

The last train went through the city a few years ago and organizers wanted to do something to remember it.

“The depot is where we started. That’s what formed our town, was the railroad. We felt that it was maybe inappropriate to lose our entire history,” Mark Hinds said.

Hinds says the restoration will be done over the next year and it will be open in the spring. The total cost of the project is $550,000 to get the depot moved, restored and to install a cafe/grill.  Hinds said the Depot would be used for community gatherings, as well as for bike riders.  The group still needs to raise $300,000 to complete the project.

Charlie Thompson lived in Minburn for almost 60 years. He remembers buying a ticket at the rail depot to ride to Grand Junction to visit his grand parents.  He also remembers the mail coming to Minburn via the train. In later years he worked at the co-op near the depot.  He used to store oil in the depot after the railroad did not use it.