Water project recreates old EP train depot

The Eden Prairie City Council is poised to take the final step in creating a replica of the water tank and train depot that, when railroads ruled, ...

October 18, 2022
2:26 AM

The Eden Prairie City Council is poised to take the final step in creating a replica of the water tank and train depot that, when railroads ruled, stood east of Eden Prairie Road, south of the historic Smith-Douglas-More House. Those original railroad structures are long gone, and the replica depot isn't identical to the so-called Washburn train depot that was an Eden Prairie transportation hub for many years, starting in 1871, when the Minneapolis & St. Louis Railroad tracks were built here.  But, the new buildings will return to life some of EP's earliest 'downtown,' which not only included the depot and the Smith-Douglas-More House that occasionally provided rooms to train travelers, but also a nearby creamery, blacksmith shop, and Miller's Store – a general store, meeting place, and host to the community's first telephone, according to the Eden Prairie Historical Society.

Mark Weber