Save the depot / Lancaster, TX
The Lancaster Historical Society owns and manages the Historic 1888 MKT Depot and Rose Garden. The nonprofit organization does not receive state or federal funding and thus relies on volunteers, sporadic depot rentals, dues and donations to provide the minimal basics such as utilities, insurance, and bare minimum repairs to remain viable.
CURRENT: The Depot survived the Pandemic of 1918 but today is struggling to keep the lights on. The COVID 19 2020 pandemic has had a huge negative financial impact. Through a partnership with the Lancaster Historical Society and the City of Lancaster, the building has been professionally evaluated by ArchiTexas, a well-known Texas preservation architectural firm. The 1888 MKT Depot is in need of basic upgrades and stabilization to have it survive and keep it a vital part of the community historic fabric. The Society is working with the community and local businesses to raise funds to just support the current basic needs. The goal is to share the Depot and Garden with the community and still preserve the past for future generations.
A Go Fund Me page has been established to raise funds to support the restoration, preservation and maintenance of the 1888 Depot. These funds will ensure the LHS will be able to focus on the preservation of the depot and its history to be enjoyed by future generations.
All Aboard : How you can help:
Make a gift
· Individual : To donate use the secure, easy to use on line Go Fund me page to show your support.
· Make a gift in Honor or in memory: Make a meaningful gift recognizing someone special with a gift in their honor OR honor the memory of a loved one using the GoFundMe page
With your support,
Lancaster Historical Society will be able to
· Meet current monthly expenses and ongoing maintenance
· Work to restore The MKT Depot
· Preserve the Depot for future generations to learn and enjoy
HISTORY: The MKT Depot (Missouri Kansas Texas Railroad) came through Lancaster in 1888 thus bringing a whole new vitality to connect Lancaster, Texas to all areas, state and national. The Lancaster Depot was a hub of activity for passengers and shipping and receiving all types of goods. Over the years, with the advent of other transportation modes the Depot was no longer a contributing factor to the Lancaster Economy or the railroad corporation.
In 1974, The Lancaster MKT Depot was scheduled for demolition. The Historic MKT Depot was being threatened. A city wide campaign to SAVE THE DEPOT resounded far and wide led by the Lancaster Historical Society. $6,000 dollars was raised to purchase the Depot for $265 and move to it’s current location at 225 E. Pecan St. In 1983 a generous grant from the Meadows Foundation, brought new life and purpose to the 1888 Depot. A Rose garden, with beds and brick walkways was added to enhance the setting. Once again major fund raisers were held that attracted local and metro-plex residents to contribute and support funding to enhance the building and garden. The Garden design was done by the Tyler, Texas Rose Garden Landscape Architect. Time, moisture, the elements and lack of funds had a major impact as to the continued decline in the condition of the historic relic. Through all these years the Historic MKT Depot and Memorial Garden has been a contributing venue for community gatherings, weddings, reunions, baby showers and a myriad of other activities.
Won’t you please give to preserve the Depot for future generations.
Thank you for your generosity.
Carol Strain Burk, Treasurer Lancaster Historical Society.
The Lancaster Historical Society is a not-for-profit 501 (c ) (03) IRS regulations require the Lancaster Historical Society to state that we did not provide any goods or services in consideration of your contribution. The total amount of your gift is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.