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Don's Depot

Updated: Sep 4, 2012 04:50 PM CDT

When it involves the railroad, Don Kent from Grand Mound has all the bells and whistles. Don has his own railroad depot.

The building, track, Western Union sign and switch key are reminiscent of the Grand Mound Depot around 1900 when freight and passenger trains roared into town. Don had his depot built in 1993.

Inside, there is a telegraph bay, the place where news came in during the days when there was not telephone or electricity. The change machine is over 100 years old. Passenger tickets, and the toy train Don and his brother played with as children are also part of the charm.

Bill Lambert was the last Station Agent at the Grand Mound Depot before it closed in 1958. He still loves watching trains.

It's only fitting that across the cornfield, not far from Don's Depot, you can spot a train on the horizon. Don Kent says he's so fortunate to have traveled on trains, and admits that  the sound of a train's whistle makes him want to get on and go.

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