The Natchitoches Train Depot, built in 1927, closed and abandoned for decades due to the decline of train travel, was opened to the public Saturday, June 12 for “Coffee and Conversation”. The Depot is to be restored and will serve as a museum and offices of the National Parks Service’s Cane River Creole National Historical Park.
The “Coffee and Conversation” is an integral part of the National Park Service and Cane River National Heritage Area’s desire to discover and tell the complete history of the train depot and how it fits into the larger history of our area and state. The event is one in a series of meetings designed to enable people to tell their stories of the depot. Did members of your family leave Louisiana for a chance for a better life elsewhere? Do you or any of your relatives have any memories of taking trips or meeting people at the depot? What was train travel like in the era the depot was open?
Do you have any photographs of yourself or family members at the train depot?
In the Oakland Plantation and in the to be restored train depot, the National Park Service is doing a superb job of collecting, preserving, and honestly presenting the stories behind the history of this remarkable and unique area we call home.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal commends the National Park Service and CRNHA for undertaking this important project. Please contact them if you have any memories of the Natchitoches train depot, photographs, or other memorabilia. In addition, there will be other meetings in the future.