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Amtrak, Texas town unveil renovated station


On Saturday, Amtrak and the city of Mineola, Texas dedicated a recently renovated train station.

From 1974 to 1996, Texas Eagle trains passed through the east Texas town. City officials spent the next several years trying to convince Amtrak managers to add Mineola as a stop along the Chicago-to-San Antonio route. As part of the deal, the city agreed to renovate a former Texas and Pacific Railroad station.

Last renovated in 1951, the station has been restored to its original 1906 design. In addition, the facility now features a railroad artifacts museum. The city used grants from the Texas Department of Transportation, Mineola Development Inc. and Meredith Foundation to fund the more than $800,000 project.

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