Punta Gorda, Florida: Segregated Train Station

Still has "White" and "Colored" outdoor signs above its separate waiting rooms. Preserved as a historic building, it's now home to a couple of mini-museums and an antique mall.

William St., Punta Gorda, FL
One block east of US Hwy 41, on the south side of Carmalita St. at its intersection with Taylor St., William St., and the train tracks.
June-Aug. Th-Sa 10-4; Sep.-May T-Sa 10-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Segregation artifact.

Segregated Train Station

We were in Punta Gorda for the day so I looked this up. It's a tricky intersection, so be careful. Parking is in the rear. There's an "Antique" shop that you enter in the back where you park. The train station looks good for its age. The doors are located on the road side and are still clearly marked.

[Barbara, 01/29/2019]
Punta Gorda Train Depot

Built in 1928 during segregation, the Punta Gorda Train Depot had both colored and white waiting rooms. Today it operates as an Antique Mall and includes a small railroad-related museum in the former Stationmaster's office. Separate ticket windows, waiting rooms, and bathrooms reflect the segregation practiced at that time. The white waiting room has artifacts from old Punta Gorda and the colored waiting room has a display on education reform.

[Kathy, 07/26/2016]

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