Former Erie train depot in Akron

A train station was sort of the equivalent of today’s social media or chat room. People congregated at a train depot to not only board a train or meet someone departing a train, but to also find out some of the latest news. Trains brought mail and freight when they stopped at a depot. They connected a town with the outside world. Shown is the former depot for the Erie Lackawanna Railroad in Akron, Fulton County. The wooden building still stands near State Road 19. Though I don’t know for sure when the depot was built, since it is wooden I’m making an educated guess it is pre 1900. The shape and form of the building indicates it may have been built before 1900 as well. I don’t know if there is any present use for the building such as for storage, etc. It appears, at least from the outside anyway, to still be in decent shape when this photo was taken close to a year ago.

Former Erie Lackawanna depot in Akron.

Former Erie Lackawanna depot in Akron.


About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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