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The Pennsylvania Railroad built the Ada Pennsylvania Station and Railroad Park in 1887. The station was used for passenger transportation for many years. In 1998, the Ada station was listed on the National Register of Historical Places. In present day, it is no longer used as a passenger depot but is still able to be visited.


  • Ada Pennsylvania Station and Railroad Park
  • Plaque found at Ada Pennsylvania Station and Railroad Park
  • Ada Passenger Depot, 1887

The railroad that goes through Ada, Ohio, completed in 1857, was originally a part of the Ohio & Indiana Railroad. Later in 1869, the railroad became a part of the Southwest Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Ohio Northern University was founded in 1871, which led to the rapid growth of Ada.

Due to the growth of Ada, the Pennsylvania Railroad decided to build a depot station. The original design of the depot was supposed to be that of a standard depot, but the designed changed to a two-story Stick-Eastlake style which was unique for a Pennsylvania Railroad Station. On the second story of the Ada station, there was a telegraph office.

The Ada station is one of the few Pennsylvania Railroad passenger stations that is still around today. The United States Department of the Interior added the Ada Pennsylvania Railroad and Railroad park to the National Register of Historical Places in 1998. The station is no longer used as a passenger depot, but visitors can still visit the site that now includes an old Pennsylvania Railroad train caboose on the property.

Waymarking, Groundndspeak, Inc., 28 April 2020. "Ada Pennsylvania Station and Railroad Park - Ada, Ohio." Waymarking.

Roadtrippers, Roadtrippers LLC 2020, 28 April 2020. "Ada Pennsylvania Station and Railroad Park." Roadtrippers.

Image Sources(Click to expand)

"Ada station." Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada_station

"Ada Pennsylvania Station and Railroad Park - Ada, Ohio." Waymarking. https://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM3WWE_Ada_Pennsylvania_Station_and_Railroad_Park_Ada_Ohio

Rvdecw. "The Historic Ada, Ohio Pennsylvania Station and Railroad Park Depot in Rural Hardin County." YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMIzg_biAT8