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Central Delta Depot Museum (Union Station)

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1912; 2003 restored. 100 W. Cypress St.
  • (Photograph by Claudia Shannon)
  • (Photograph by Claudia Shannon)

Brinkley was a railroad town laid out in the winter of 1869–1870 as a stop on the Memphis and Little Rock Railroad and named for Robert Brinkley, president of the railroad. This station faces the intersecting railroad grades of two competing railroad lines: the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad and the Cotton Belt. The one-and-a-half-story passenger building runs diagonally to the tracks while the two flanking single-story freight sections run parallel to their respective railroad lines. The station was built by the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific in its signature Mediterranean Revival style in red brick, with a red tile roof, stepped brick parapet-gable end walls, concrete coping, and round-arched windows. The interior retains all of its historic fabric. Passenger service here ended in 1967, and Union Pacific deeded the station to the City in 2001. Later leased to the Central Delta Historical Society, the station serves as a county museum. The depot sits within what is now a historic district named the Lick Skillet Railroad Work Station, comprising the station and three-story former hotel. The Rusher Hotel (1915; 127 W. Cedar Street) served Union Station and initially had its principal front facing the station. Today a small park is between the two buildings.

Writing Credits

Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors



Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors, "Central Delta Depot Museum (Union Station)", [Brinkley, Arkansas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Arkansas

Buildings of Arkansas, Cyrus A. Sutherland and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 252-253.

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