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Cotton Belt Depot Museum, Tyler

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The Cotton Belt Depot Museum is located at 210 East Oakwood Street, in the city of Tyler, county of Smith in the U.S. state of Texas.
Tyler, Texas had been a railroad hub since the Houston and Great Northern first came through the town in 1873. The depot was built in 1905. The railroad business added to the local economy, but fell victim to the emergence of more modern forms of transportation, and the depot closed its doors in 1956. The railroad deeded the depot over to the City of Tyler in 1988. After a renovation, the space was shared by the Tyler Transit Department and the museum, which is run by the Tyler Tap Chapter of the Cotton Belt Rail Historical Society.
The model train collection of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Bragg is the bulk of the hands-on exhibit. Other artifacts and memorabilia have been donated by various individuals. Tour groups are welcome.
Visiting hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and admission is free. The Tyler Tap Chapter of the Cotton Belt Historical Society also hosts the annual Cotton Belt Depot Model Train Show, held the last weekend in April, in Tyler.
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  • My husband and I and went to the Cotton Belt Depot Museum on Thursday. We got a super tour by Mr. Jones. The Museum has lots of miniature trains, train parts, depot parts and so much more. It was...  more »
  • Would highly recommend this museum if you are in the Tyler area and interested in history of the railroads in the area. The museum is free - donations are requested but not required. Excellent...  more »
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  • Small, but jam packed with memories, functional items, and trinkets of railroads of the past. Our volunteer guide was very knowledgeable, and you could tell he loved spending time there. Ask about the story of the baggage wagon right inside the main entrance when you go.
  • This is a very quaint train museum in downtown Tyler. It's tucked a little bit off Broadway, but is unmistakable. The museum itself is pretty small, but there are A LOT of items of interest. They have three large electric train sets set up that kept my energetic 4-year-old engaged for quite a while. They also have an old telegraph machine, lots of pictures and other historic items. Definitely worth the visit!

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