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SOHO Highlights San Diego County Museums

The National City Depot

A new feature in Reflections will celebrate and promote historical sites throughout San Diego County. We have asked many of the operators of such historic sites to send us historical material and photographs of the sites, which will appear in future issues. We begin with the National City Depot. Remember when you visit a historical museum or site, you are contributing to its preservation!

The National City Depot, built in 1881, is the oldest railroad structure still standing on the original site in southern California, possibly the United States. The building was restored to original condition by the City of National City. The restored wood work and fine attention to the smallest detail is very well done. The replica gas Pinch lights throughout are operational, though electrified. Much of the window glass is original as indicated by the waves at midsection, indicating a slump in the glass that occurs with age. This station was a very important location as the terminus of The California Southern Railroad. The Sante Fe Railroad actually was the owner and operator. There are many historical photographs of the early days on the walls and corridors.The San Diego Electric Railway Association (SDERA) has operated the Depot as a museum since 2000. They are open to the public on Saturday and Sundays from twelve noon until four in the afternoon. Other times, by appointment. Please call (619 474-4400. They are just west of I-5 at Bay Marina Drive exit, corner of Marina Way in National City.

2006 - Volume 37, Issue 3

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