Now home to a Chipotle restaurant, the Frisco Depot is a historic train station originally built by the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway in 1897 and completely rebuilt in 1925 in the Spanish Revival style, which is unique for the city. Though it no longer functions as a depot, the building still retains its historic appearance and serves as a reminder to the heyday of railroading in Fayetteville. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.
Backstory and Context
By the early 1920s, the Fayette City Council wanted a revamped train station. The 1897 depot was unattractive to them and not big enough for the growing town and university. However, the increasing use of personal vehicles caused a big drop in passenger ticket sales, which prompted the railroad to decrease the size of the new depot. Railroad usage decreased even further after World War II, as airplane and car travel overtook passenger rail travel. Passenger service officially ended on September 18, 1965. Chipotle moved into the building in 2011.
Totten, Erica. "Historic Building Gets New Use." The Arkansas Traveler. May 5, 2011. http://www.uatrav.com/news/article_b76af100-10b5-5aff-9064-8840ae43e98d.html.
Unglaub, Walter. "Frisco Depot." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form.
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