From Above the Air...(and then some)
NORTHERN ELECTRIC IN WOODLAND
A Predecessor of Sacramento Northern
Trackage in downtown Woodland
This map from about 1926 shows building in good detail (north is to the left)
The Woodland Depot in Two Centuries
| Probably in the 1920s,
Photo by W.C. Whittaker, Collection of Garth G. Groff
See Groff's Excellent Sacramento Northern Website
|It's now 2002, and the building
houses offices and Dodie's
Harry Marnell photo
Niles motor 101, a fixture in
Woodland for years, pulls thru the arcade and into the
yard behind the station.
|Same scene, seen in the 21st
century. The building owner has done a masterful job of
preserving the station's form.
Harry Marnell photo, March 2002
After preparing the above section of the page, I was able to locate the owner of the building, Tom Stallard of Woodland, and obtain some interesting additional information.
It seems that after passenger service ceased in 1940, freight trains continued to use the yard behind the depot, going through the station for access. The enclosed, red-tiled arcade, where the tracks went through, was torn down in the 1940s. Greyhound used a portion of the building in the 1940s and 50s, and Railway Express Agency also continued operating there until 1960.
When Stallard acquired the building about 1980 it was in very bad shape, having been seriously damaged in two fires as well as by occasional vandalism. Attending a public utilities exhibit in Sacramento, Stallard learned to his amazement that the station's original plans were available in the California State Archives. So he proceeded to complete the demolition of the building, and set out to rebuld it as a commerial structure on the same spot. A groundbreaking celebration was held on June 15, 1986.
So today's structure is a complete recreation of the uniquely beautiful original Woodland Depot.
July 4, 1912 Invitation
June 15, 1986 Invitation
Both items Courtesy of Tom Stallard
leaves the Woodland Depot bound for Sacramento and Chico.
Sign on wall to its left says "Wells Fargo & Co.
|Even the stylized Sacramento Northern logo above the entrance archway was included in the station's reconstruction|
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