Snyder's Santa Fe Train Depot set for demolition once again

SCURRY COUNTY, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - A historic landmark in Scurry County is being torn down over 100 years after it was first established.

BNSF Railway confirms the Santa Fe Railway Depot in Snyder, Texas, is going to be demolished because of its neglected state and environmental hazards like Asbestos. 

The Depot was originally set for demolition one year ago, but the Scurry County Historical Commission, with support from locals, enacted a plan to save the Depot, and the demolition was postponed. 

A BNSF representative told KTAB and KRBC they began negotiations with a third party after the demolition was postponed to enact a plan to relocate the entire facility to a collector's property in Austin, but, due to the size and composition of the Depot, the project proved to be too complicated and ultimately failed. 

Now, BNSF is filing for proper permits to demolish the property, and once those permits are received, the demolition can begin. 

The exact time frame for the demolition is unclear, but the representative did say BNSF will be working with the City of Snyder to preserve certain aspects of the historic depot like signs, urns, and bricks. These items will be transported from the property before the demolition can begin. 

Scurry County Museum Daniel Schlegel, Jr. says the Depot was one of four Santa Fe Railway Depots built in 1911. Once the Depot in Snyder is torn down, only the depots in Post and Lubbock will remain.

The depot that was in Sweetwater has already been demolished.

BigCountryHomepage will be following the progress of the Santa Fe Railway Depot demolition. Check back for the latest.

Photos below provided by the Scurry County Museum 


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