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Property Name Fossil Oregon Short Line Depot
Reference Number 13000919
State Wyoming
County Lincoln
Town Kemmerer
Street Address Approximately .4 miles WNW ofHwy 30 and County Rd 300
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 12/11/2013
Areas of Significance Transportation
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The Oregon Short Line Depot in Fossil, WY is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion A as an important cultural resource for the development and growth of Fossil, WY as a railroad town along the Union Pacifics Oregon Short Line. For a town that owed its existence to the railroad, the OSL Depot was a centerpiece of Fossil and stands as one of the last remaining visible elements of the town. The depot and most of the town of Fossil moved to its current location in 1902. Also at this time the freight room addition was built onto the building. The depot was a center of activity as freight, mail, and passenger train service linked the towns residents and trade to other regional centers.


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