DescriptionThe depot was built in 1898, replacing a boxcar that had served as the office for the station agent since the railroad came to Katy in 1895. The depot was typical of early generation construction and was built from a standard plan. Broad overhanging eaves surrounded the stations, large projecting windows allowed the station agent a view of incoming trains, and the exterior was wood with a large loading platform for cargo and passengers. Steam engines required coal, produced soot and dispensed poisonous, dirty and greasy smoke fumes. Flying sparks frequently set fires to the wooden depots so not many of the original structures remain today.Growth in the area led to an expansion 1919. When the depot was originally constructed, there was one waiting room. The depot was enlarged by cutting it in half, pulling the halves apart and adding an additional waiting room. The Katy MKT Depot building you visit today has not been changed (except for fresh paint, utilities and the addition of a restroom) since that renovation. In 1979, the Depot had deteriorated and was slated to be removed or destroyed and a concerned group of citizens formed an organization to save the historic building. They called themselves The Katy Heritage Society. The city purchased the building for $25.00 and it was moved from an area near Katy City Park.
Dennis Stein, Fairhope, Alabama Member Since July 2009 Artist Statement Dennis has worked in the engineering business for 35 years in piping design and continues to work in Piping Design for an engineering firm in Mobile, Alabama. Dennis enjoys having his images displayed and enjoyed by others. As you view Dennis' work please feel free to comment or email him. Dennis will be adding galleries and photo's on a regular basis so please return to his on line galleries often.
Dennis has had one of his images published in the San Antonio City Tour Guide.