This building is a priceless landmark. Once it is gone it can never be replaced.
It is a visible reminder of Denison's dramatic past.
The train mural, displayed on the west side of the building, was painted to honor the Katy Railroad and is used in advertisements for the city.
Promote tourism based on all of Denison''s historic and cultural resources.
Save the building located at 104 E. Main ( Katy Antique Station) whose presence helps promote tourism based on it's historic and cultural value.
This building is a visible reminder of Denison's dramatic past. The historical Katy Antique Station, originally known as the Waples Platter Building, was built in 1874 and served as a hub for trading. The building's architecture represents a time of ambitious economic expansion that molded the city into what it is today. Over the next 30 years the Waple's-Platter Grocery Company would become one of the largest wholesale grocery firms in the southwest --supplying goods to grocery houses in five states. The company would introduce many new products like White Swan Coffee (whose logo can still faintly be seen on the water tower behind the building) and the internationally successful Ranch Style Bean brand. (Ranch style beans were invented by the Waples-Platter company in Denison).
Back at the turn of the century, the Waples-Platter building was the central business hub for the city of Denison and much of the southwest region. At one point, it housed the offices of the Katy Railroad. The train mural, displayed on the west side of the building, was painted to honor the Katy Railroad and is used in advertisements for the city.
When we are so quick to rid ourselves of these "eyesores" in the process we are robbing ourselves of our history. I love downtown Denison, not because of any one thing more than- 100+ years ago there was a world that we will never truly understand. No amount of reading, watching on television or studying will get us there. However, I can touch the walls of these old buildings and connect with the spirit of an America with so much potential and possibility, so much struggle and sacrifice, so much devotion and drive... and know that without these humble and beautiful beginnings none of us would be where we are now.