Moline Railroad Depot

2021 River Drive, Moline, Illinois

Brick Depot on the Rock Island line, built 1900 and jeopardy of destruction


Overview Looking Northwest

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in March 2013




This brick depot was built by the DRI&NW Railway in 1900. It served the railway until 1934 when it was converted to offices for the Frank Foundry Company. In 1994, it was purchased by the City of Moline for use as the headquarters for the convention and visitors bureau.

It currently stands empty.

The depot is in jeopardy, as it is in the proposed right-of-way for the rebuilding of I-74 and the new bridge to replace the Twin Bridges. Fund raising is underway now to relocate the depot to a new location.

Although not on the National Registry of Historic Places, the depot was declared a Moline landmark in 1994.

Update Log 

  • March 28, 2013: New photo from J.R. Manning
  • March 27, 2013: Added by J.R. Manning



Moline Railroad Depot
Posted November 1, 2015, by J.R. Manning


The building is in the way of an exit ramp for the new (and badly needed) replacement for the twin bridges that carry I-74 across the Mississippi River.

According to the Quad Cities "Times" efforts to move the historic depot have failed. "Local preservationists currently are on the losing end of a battle over the fate of the historic train depot that is just east of the bridge on River Drive. The Illinois DOT's current plan is to collect demolition bids in the spring and tear down the depot next summer."

In addition, the iconic twin bridges (shown below) are also doomed.


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