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Missouri-Kansas-Texas Company Railroad Station (Katy Depot) - Hillsboro, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member techiegrl64
N 32° 00.758 W 097° 07.890
14S E 676479 N 3543361
Quick Description: Historical marker placed on the historic Katy Depot in Hillsboro, Texas. This building was moved here from the original site in 1978.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 11/14/2008 3:40:35 AM
Waymark Code: WM55DP
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Lat34North
Views: 16

Long Description:
In 1881 the railroads arrived in Hillsboro and along with them came jobs and prosperity. As a result of the railroads, county population grew after 1881 and well into the early decades of the Twentieth Century. Because of the available rail transportation and jobs, German and other European immigrants came to the county to settle. Cotton also contributed to the prosperity of Hill County, but after the 1930's cotton production declined probably because of the Depression, and the advent of synthetic fabrics.

As a result of the exit of the railroads from the area in the 1930's followed by the demise of agriculture and then manufacturing, population declined in the county until the 1970's. Today agriculture, manufacturing, and retail operations all contribute to the prosperity of Hill County. Hillsboro's location at the convergence/split of Interstate Highway 35 East and West provides plenty of traffic for the the Prime Outlet Mall and many other local retail establishments.

Hillsboro abounds with handsome buildings. Today the restored MKT Railroad Depot houses the offices of the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau. It contains lots of railroad artifacts and photographs of Hillsboro's past.

From I-35 take Highway 77 into downtown Hillsboro. Turn west on Fancher Street. The depot is located on the northwest corner of Fancher St and N Covington St.
Street address:
115 N. Covington
Hillsboro, TX USA
76645


County / Borough / Parish: Hill

Year listed: 1979

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1900-1924

Historic function: Transportation

Current function: Vacant/Not In Use

Privately owned?: no

Hours of operation: From: 8:30 AM To: 5:00 PM

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Secondary Website 1: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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