The Depot's History

The Depot's History

With Carrollton's busy intersections and a population of over 121,000, it might be hard to believe our city was once mainly a quiet agricultural community.  However, by the late 1800's, the landscape of Carrollton began to change and the city quickly emerged from an agricultural economy to a hub of bustling business and professional activity.  The arrival of the Dallas-Wichita railroad in 1879 signaled the beginning of the change.

By 1908, three railroads used Carrollton and its depot as a way station- the Cottonbelt and Katy provided passenger service , and the Frisco which provided only freight service at that time.  The tracks intersected just north of what is now the Carrollton Town Square, and this unique intersection helped Carrollton develop into a sizable shipping center, especially for cattle.  At this intersection stood the Carrollton Rail
Depot.  The current depot building, built in 1924, provided a place for waiting passengers, freight storage, and a means of delivering mail to the residents of the city on a daily basis.

The Carrollton Depot Foundation strives to restore this important part of Carrollton's history so futrue generations can make use of the building and at the same time enjoy its past.

The Depot Today

In 2008, to make way for the Carrollton DART Green line, the Carrollton Train Depot was moved from its original location at the intersection of the three railroad to its current location, just east of Denton Drive and south of the Cotton Belt track. 

On December 11,2010 the City of Carrollton dedicated a historical marker for the Carrollton Rail Depot, designating is a historically significant building.  The outside has been restored, but the insides needs work and YOU CAN HELP! 

We need Members and Volunteers to help us in our cause. Currently we are working with the Grapevine Vintage Railroad to bring their train to our depot on the weekends for tourist traffic.  Whatever your special skills there is likely to be a place where you can volunteer to help us.  Sign-up as a member and receive up to date information on our progress and oppportunities to serve.  The history of our city is too important to be abandoned!  Join us online or contact us by email to see how YOU CAN HELP!