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Norman Depot
Norman July 2019 05 (Norman Depot).jpg
Location 200 South Jones Avenue
Norman, OK 73069
Owned by City of Norman
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Construction
Parking Free
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code NOR
History
Opened 1909
Rebuilt 2003
Traffic
Passengers (2017) 13,039 Increase 11%
Services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Purcell
toward Fort Worth
Heartland Flyer Oklahoma City
Terminus
Former services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Purcell
toward Dallas or Houston
Lone Star Oklahoma City
toward Chicago
Preceding station Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Following station
Purcell
Terminus
Oklahoma Division
First District
Moore
toward Arkansas City
Santa Fe Depot
(Norman Depot)
Location Jct.of Abner Norman Dr. and Comanche St., Norman, Oklahoma
Area less than one acre
Built 1909 (1909)
Built by Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway
Architect Lungsren & Carlson
Architectural style Mission Revival/Spanish Revival
NRHP reference No. 90002203
Added to NRHP January 25, 1991

The Norman Depot serves a dual function in the Norman, Oklahoma, community. As a passenger rail station it is served by Amtrak's Heartland Flyer and as a community center it houses the Norman Performing Arts Studio, a non-profit arts association. The depot is located at milepost 401.8 of the BNSF Railway's Red Rock subdivision.

Community volunteers from the Norman Performing Arts Studio and Passenger Rail Oklahoma serve as "depot hosts" meeting passengers departing on the morning train and those arriving in the evening. The depot is also available to rent as a meeting space.

History

The depot was constructed in 1909 by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. Its grand opening occurred on November 18, 1909. It was originally served by trains of its builder, including the Texas Chief. After Amtrak's establishment in 1971, the Texas Chief continued serving the station. It was renamed the Lone Star in 1974. Those trains served points as far away as Chicago, Illinois and Galveston, Texas. Service was discontinued on October 9, 1979, and no passenger train service was available until June 1999, when the Heartland Flyer was instituted between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth, Texas.

The architectural design of the depot is a modified Mission Santa Fe county seat standard plan.


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