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Save the Santa Fe Depot in Snyder, Texas

This petition had 2,446 supporters

We, the undersigned petitioners, urge BNSF to immediately stop its efforts to demolish the historically significant 1911 Santa Fe Depot in Snyder, Texas because it will destroy the built legacy of the Santa Fe Railway in the Texas Panhandle.

We urge BNSF to enter into discussions with preservationists to arrange the donation or lease of the Snyder Depot at a reasonable low cost to an organization that would work toward its successful restoration.

The Snyder Depot was placed on the list of Most Endangered Places in 2011 by Preservation Texas after a long period of neglect. Despite its condition, this concrete structure can and must be saved.

It is one of only two buildings that remain standing in Texas designed by Louis Curtiss (1865-1924), an exceptionally innovative architect of the early 20th century, most of whose work nationally has also been destroyed.

Curtiss was hired to design four depots in the Texas Panhandle and corresponded personally with the president of the Santa Fe Railway to ensure that plans for the depots in Lubbock, Sweetwater, Post and Snyder would be durable and beautiful.

The depots at Lubbock and Sweetwater have been lost, yet the reasons that BNSF gives for demolishing the Snyder Depot — that it is too close to the tracks, that it has asbestos, that it is in disrepair — have been no obstacle to the rehabilitation of the Louis Curtiss-designed depot in Post, nor has it been a hindrance to the restoration of the Harvey House in Slaton and countless other historic depots in Texas and in the United States.

We urge BNSF to celebrate the heritage of the Santa Fe Railroad and Louis Curtiss by saving the Snyder Depot.

For more information visit our website: Santa Fe Railway Depot - Preservation Texas 2011 Most Endangered Places list

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