In early 1869, a group of Omaha businessmen started building the Southwestern railroad. By the end of 1870, the line was completed from Omaha to approximately seven miles south of Bellevue and the railroad had also been renamed the Omaha and Southern Railroad. The station at Bellevue was built in conjunction with this line. The date, circa 1869-70, given for the construction of this station, makes it the oldest railroad depot in Nebraska. Its architectural significance lies in the fact of its general elaborateness and in the refinement of construction not generally found in early depots during this period in Nebraska. Also, the building has suffered few alterations.
The depot has been moved twice. It was moved from its original site on block 4 Anderson's additions, to Hayworth Park. That location was one mile south of its original site. Unfortunately that move put the building in the Missouri River Flood plain. It was subsequently moved by the Sarpy County Museum to Gemini Park, Bellevue, which is adjacent to the Sarpy County Museum. This puts the depot in a safe place, well out of the flood plain at 2402 Clay street in Bellevue.