For many American towns and cities the railroad depot was the most important building in town. The depot was the connection to the outside world. You would ship your crops or goods using the railroad,or most of what you wanted to buy was shipped by the railroad.When you left town it was on the railroad.
Today many of the depots no longer exist. Many of the depots that still survive are no longer used as train stations. Many are used as restaurants, museums, police departments, homes, or in many cases just left to rot.
On the following pages is a assortment of snap shots of Depots in Oklahoma and California. Many are sill in use, many are abanonded.