FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Local residents can now easily get a first hand look at the Fort Pierre Train Depot. The building spent about 50 years on a northwest South Dakota ranch and has been returned to its hometown. The depot was moved by Mayberry Movers from the Mud Butte area to Fort Pierre on a journey that started Thursday. It arrived in Fort Pierre yesterday afternoon. Gary Grittner leads the Bring it Home Committee-a group of area citizens that have been working to return and restore the building. Grittner says he’s always believed that the depot would eventually be back where it started.
Grittner says having the building in Fort Pierre again means the committee is a step closer to the final goal of restoring it to a historical attraction.
Grittner says now, the structure will be evaluated to find out exactly which parts of it might need work-but he says for the most part, the century old structure is in great shape.
Grittner expects that the costs for the depot project will add up to about $612,000–which includes renovation work. At this point, he says the committee has gathered about $590,000 toward the effort. Committee members are planning a “welcome home” party for the depot next week in Fort Pierre. It will likely be held next Tuesday afternoon. The Chicago and NorthWestern Railroad depot served customers in Fort Pierre from the early 1900′s until it was deemed surplus property and was later sold. (View a video segment of the depot’s return Tuesday on our website at www.drgnews.com).
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