FOUNTAIN COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Residents in Veedersburg are working to save the town's century-old train depot.
The Clover Leaf Depot opened in 1903. It stopped operations over three decades ago. But members of the Veedersburg community are working to bring new life to the building.
Jane Sims is looking for new ways to continue her town's history.
"Like most small towns, we're starting to decline,” said Sims.
As a member of the Veedersburg Revitalization Association, she knows she's not alone.
"We came together, a group of us, and decided what can do to keep Veedersburg alive,” said Sims.
Town Council President Ken Smith said one building brought up in discussion was the town's Clover Leaf Depot.
"First of the year, it was for sale. So we decided it would be a good project to save the depot and revitalize it for town economic values,” said Smith.
The depot served passenger trains for nearly 60 years. It was then used as a maintenance facility for freight trains until it closed in the 80's.
The town is now working to have the depot recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. It also hopes to receive a grant for funding.
Smith said the grant would allow for renovations.
"We could continue and we will wire new wiring, put in mechanical heating and air condition and then restroom facilities,” said Smith.
If the grant is approved, the Revitalization Association plans to use the building for income," said Smith.
"We're having a study done to see what would be the best way to use it and how much it's going to cost us to put it back into use again,” said Sims.
Smith said he hopes to see the depot become a multi-use facility.
"We're thinking about possibly a farmers market in the summer and then just other thoughts like that. Possibly a winery that would come in and have a little taste,” said Smith.
While the grant won't see approval for several months, Smith hopes the depot will help put Veedersburg back on the map.
"Little towns are kind of dying off and we're pretty proud of our little town. So that's what we're trying to do,” said Smith.
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