1904 Train Depot Museum

1904 Train Depot Museum

Step back to a simpler time and immerse yourself in an important era of Kingsville’s history with a visit to the 1904 Train Depot of Kingsville. Although Kingsville is more presently associated with the world-famous King Ranch, the town’s success and growth in its early days can directly be attributed to the railroad’s development. Born from a dream and a $6,500 loan from Richard King, native New Yorker Uriah Lott and B.F. Yoakum incorporated the St. Louis, Brownsville, and Mexico Railroad (the StLB&M) in 1903. In 1904, 158.06 miles of track connected the town to Corpus Christi and Brownsville, providing a means of transportation for locals as well as shipments of produce, cotton, hogs, and cattle to northern markets. From that point forward, Kingsville and South Texas flourished.

Although previously closed at a time when rail travel no longer held the sparkle and excitement it had enjoyed for so many years, the depot was beautifully restored for Kingsville’s 100th birthday and the museum opened its doors on July 4th, 2004 – 100 years to the date that the city was Chartered. Manned by generous volunteers of Kingsville, each person brings the variety of exhibits to life through the love and excitement they feel for the museum. Exhibits feature custom pieces such as signs and emblems, dining car place settings, employee and promotional publications, and artifacts and memorabilia like lanterns, tools, and even an operational telegraph. If you are fortunate enough to visit on the day that the station’s volunteer telegraph operator is on duty, she will show and teach you how messages were sent in Morse Code. Volunteers may share the story of relatives that worked on and rode the rails, as well as stories of families that rode to Kingsville looking for a new start on life and ranched and farmed land that is still in the same family today.

Address: 102 E Kleberg Ave, Kingsville, TX 78363

Phone Number: (800) 333-5032 or (361) 592-8516

Hours of Operation: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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