Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Union Station

The impressive Union Station sits at Markham and Victory Streets in Little Rock. (No, your eyes aren't going bad, there was a smudge on my camera lens and I didn't realize it when I took this photo. I need to go get some better ones!)

Towering over the intersection of Markham and Victory Streets near downtown Little Rock, Union Station was built in 1921 and was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

It is the third such building to occupy this site. The first was a wood-frame building erected in 1873 and torn down in 1906 to make way for an elaborate, Second Empire-style structure. Finished in 1911, that building was destroyed by fire.

The current Union Station was opened to the public on July 31, 1921. Today it houses a museum, restaurants, offices, and passenger rail offices.