SNYDER, Texas (KTAB) – In 2017, the Scurry County Historical Commission fought long and hard to keep the Santa Fe Depot in Snyder standing.
The Depot was built in 1911 by Louis Curtiss. After its demolition in 2017, the Scurry County Historical Commission worked tirelessly to find a way to showcase the history of the Depot and educate the community on the importance of preservation.
“Almost immediately after it was torn down we started thinking of ways that we could continue to tell the story and the importance of the Depot,” Paula Hatfield, Scurry County Historical Commission Vice-Chair, says. “We came up with the idea of doing a short documentary or short film.”
The film is called ‘Built to Last.’ It showcases the Depot and how special and unique it was to Snyder.
“In the height of [Curtiss’] building and constructing and designing of buildings,” Hatfield says. “There were over 200 in the United States. Today there’s only thirty. So, when we lost this key building here in our own community, we affected the whole nation because there’s just not many of his buildings left.”
‘Built to Last’ premieres Tuesday, October 6th at 6:30 pm at the Ritz Community Theatre in downtown Snyder. The film is 17 minutes long and will be followed by a gallery viewing at the 1818 Arthouse. Both events are free and open to the public.
Those attending will have the chance to buy one of the bricks preserved from the depot for $25. That money will be used for other preservation projects.