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|These 1970s photos were contributed by Ken Bird. Thanks Ken. The following comments are his.
In 1972, a developer was interested in turning the depot into a shopping center. Both the BN and the City opposed it. I was commissioned by the developer to build a model of the depot for his promotional purposes. Due to local opposition the developer gave up and I ended up with my model. It was then used by the Springfield Jaycees to promote getting Amtrak service to Springfield. That also fell through and the model eventually ended up at the Frisco Museum in Springfield. That entity was disbanded some years ago, and I don't know where the model is today. I am enclosing a shot of the model in a Springfield store window in 1974.
NOTE: Wouldn't it be nice, if that Model could be found now!
NOTE 2: Yes!! It is nice! I received the following comments from Ken in Jan 2012.
I received an email from a William Houser, curator of the new Frisco Museum in Springfield, that my 1974 model of the Springfield Frisco Depot has been found and will be on display in the museum. Evidently when the former museum closed some years ago it was rescued by a local resident. No one knew who built it until they saw your depot WEB site with the photo I had sent you. I plan to visit the museum this spring and view the model.
Photos by Kenneth Bird.
|This copy of Paul Dorrough's painting was contributed by Rick Greninger. Thanks Rick. The following comments are his.
This is a picture of a painting by Paul Dorrough, a local Springfield painter, of the Frisco depot. I've met Paul and we talked a little about painting the station. He painted the depot in 1976, just shortly before the BN demolished it in 1977. I remember seeing Paul with his easel painting the station from the sidewalk on Main St.! It was not in use at this time except for storage, but it was still a very beautiful building architecturally. The last Frisco passenger train left Springfield in Dec 1967.
Painted by Paul Dorrough
|This 1970s photograph was furnished by, and permission to use given by the Western Historical Manuscript Collection and Archive Department located at Missouri S&T University Library. Thank You All!|
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