The 100 year old Union Pacific Railroad depot in Columbus will be torn down next year. U-P spokesman Mark Davis says a few years ago the railroad offered to donate the old depot to the city of Columbus. However, the building sits about 15 feet from active railroad tracks. For safety reasons U-P required the city to move the building to another location.
Davis says, “I think the city at the time felt this was a little bit cost prohibitive to do that so they let us know they had no interest in getting the building itself.”
A new $1.5-million building is currently under construction for train crews that will replace the old depot. Davis says the old depot will be torn down sometime in 2015.