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Raleigh’s Union Depot

This week’s Flashback Friday postcard features Union Depot, Raleigh’s first centrally located train station.  It  opened in 1892 — and believe it or not, the building is still standing today.

The station was called “union” because it served Raleigh’s three passenger rail lines of the time. It is known as a “stub-end” station, meaning arriving trains had to back into the platform from the main track.

On the back of this postcard is a hand-written message, apparently from a young Raleigh swain to his distant sweetheart.

118 Polk St
Raleigh NC
Sept. 18th 1913
Little friend I am so glad you are enjoying your basket ball sport. It is good exercise for a person. How about the dances down there now? Would like to be in Key West to night with you. Will go to a show here I guess. A big circus here tomorrow. Big day.
your friend. Cullen

You can read more about Union Depot and its railroad history on a favorite local blog of ours, The Raleigh Connoisseur.

“Flashback Friday” is a weekly feature of Goodnight, Raleigh! in which we showcase vintage postcards depicting our historic capital city. We hope you enjoy this week end treat!

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