"On the morning of September 12, 2014, city officials, residents and representatives from Amtrak, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and Union Pacific Railroad gathered to cut the ribbon on the cityís new depot and transportation museum. The building replaced a small shelter constructed in 1991 when Missouri Service (now the Missouri River Runner) trains began making regular stops at Hermann.
Dignitaries gathered for photos as the westbound Missouri River Runner made its scheduled morning stop. Following the ceremony, attendees enjoyed light refreshments and tours of the depot and museum. Displays trace the areaís rich transportation history, with a focus on the Missouri River, railroads and roadways.
Designed by architects with CM Archer Group, the one story, 820 square foot depot features a random rubble stone veneer base, walls clad in traditional clapboard siding and a hipped roof. Through groups of windows, natural light floods the waiting room, meant to hold approximately 40 persons. The space is trimmed in warm bead board wainscoting, and there are also accessible restrooms.
The depot was funded through various sources, including the Federal Highway Administrationís Transportation Enhancements program, the city of Hermann and the Dierberg Educational Foundation, a local non-profit organization that supports projects to preserve the regionís cultural heritage."