LAWRENCE- The City of Lawrence, along with Explore Lawrence, Union Pacific Railroad and the North Lawrence Improvement Association invite citizens to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Union Pacific Depot rededication to house the Lawrence Visitors Center, as well as be a community space of the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department. The celebration will be held 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Union Pacific Depot, 402 E. Second St.
There will be a short ceremony to begin the festivities at 1 p.m. followed by tours. Union Pacific will offer Operation Lifesaver a train safety program and the docudrama “Lawrence: Free State Fortress” will be shown throughout the celebration. There will also be activities for children, an art installation by local artist, Zia, and Torched Goodness will be on site serving up delicious treats and drinks.
The depot building was completed in 1889 and served as a train depot for nearly 100 years. The building is a blend of French Vernacular silhouette with Richardsonian Romanesque masonry. In the 1920s the steeple was removed because it was severely damaged. The building was acquired by the City of Lawrence in 1991. Restoration of the depot was completed in March 1996, which included restoring the steeple and canopy. Freight trains frequently travel by the depot on a daily basis, providing the sights and sounds of days gone by. The sculpture “Mobility” by Shellie Bender, Lawrence artist, was added in the front garden of the depot. The piece celebrates the depot’s restoration and transformation into a visitor’s center.
For more information, please contact Explore Lawrence at (785) 856-3040.