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The Historic Santa Fe Depot


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The Historic Santa Fe Depot The Santa Fe Depot was built in 1906 and is the only remaining depot of Kansas' first railroad south of the Kaw, the Leavenworth, Lawrence, and Ft. Gibson.


It includes unique architectural features of triple arched windows, floor water cooler, dual gas/electric lighting system, coal fireplace, and native limestone belt trim and buff brick veneer.


It welcomed both Presidents William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt when they visited Baldwin in 1911 and 1912. William McKinley also arrived in Baldwin on this railroad for a "whistle stop" during his campaign for the Presidency.


The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and now belongs to the Santa Fe Trail Historical Society. It now serves as the departure point for the Midland Railway as well as offering historical displays of the railroad and Baldwin and Santa Fe Trail heritage.


Address: 1515 West High Street, adjacent to the grain elevator tower eight blocks west of the City Hall
Our Website:www.baldwincity.org

Come visit us in Baldwin City, Kansas

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Santa Fe Trail Well

Located three blocks north of Highway 56 on Washington Street in Baldwin (the only Palmyra street to still carry its original name), the Santa Fe Trail Well provided the first fresh water for travelers on the Trail.

Hand dug to 40 feet, it was later deepened to 70

Baldwin City, KS Pioneer Life

Baldwin Golf Course

The Baldwin Golf Association owns and operates a 9-hole sand green golf couse and clubhouse southeast of the corner of Main and College (southeast of Allen Park).

While the club is a membership operated facility, it is available to non-members and guests as well.

Baldwin City, KS Golf Courses

Area History Mural

The mural depicting area history was painted by local artist, Tom Russell. It is displayed in the Baldwin State Bank.

Baldwin City, KS Arts

Palmyra Post Office

Located at the Old Castle Complex is the Palmyra Post Office and Blood's Grocery which opened in 1857. Originally located north of the highway on the Santa Fe Trail, it served travelers on the trail and the pioneer community of Palmyra, the original townsite later to become Baldwin City.

Baldwin City, KS Pioneer Life

The Historic Santa Fe Depot

The Santa Fe Depot was built in 1906 and is the only remaining depot of Kansas' first railroad south of the Kaw, the Leavenworth, Lawrence, and Ft. Gibson.

It includes unique architectural features of triple arched windows, floor water cooler, dual gas/

Baldwin City, KS Railroad History

Things to do Railroad History near Baldwin City, KS