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Great Overland Station, Topeka

Categories: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums, Museums, Tourist Spots
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4.3/5 based on 40 reviews on the web
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  • We are new to Topeka and was looking to learn more about our new home city. This was a fun place to visit. Learned a lot about how the railroad helped Topeka grow and become the city it is. 
  • This unexpected United States Armed Forces Memorial is just lovely. There are granite and brick memorials outside and flags that represent each state. It is breathtaking. The neighborhood can seem a l...  read more »
  • As a Architectural Photographer, I love historic Depots. This is one of the best, with a beautiful Flag Display on the grounds. 
  • I have a three year old that is head over heels for Thomas the Train so the Overland Station was like Disney World for him. He loved everything about the train room, and then stepping outside to see the real thing. If you have kids that love trains this is an absolute must go destination.
  • This is beautifully redone and a great place to learn about trains
  • This is a cool place for kids and adults.
  • Just after 10:00AM today, 11/14, I arrived, expecting the station to be open, but the doors were still locked. One door had a "Private Event" card posted on it and when I peered inside I could see banquet tables set up. I'd checked the hours online, at the station website, and it said nothing about a private event today. So I wasted my time going to the station.
  • Fun place with lots of history. There is a kids area with a lot of kid friendly toys and other various entertainment. The displays, and in fact the very walls of the building, are full of history and provide a glimpse back into the history of Topeka and the Railroad Industry. In fact, trains still rumble by on the tracks located right behind the station. Additionally, the area is well suited for weddings and other similar events as the building has two huge rooms that are well decorated with marble, chandeliers, etc; and the building has a remodeled kitchen for just such events. However, the station is in an older part of Topeka and the surrounding neighborhood is not as well kept as the station itself. There are some abandoned buildings nearby, and the area kind-of fits the old saying, "the wrong side of the tracks." There is a battered woman's shelter nearby, and a drug treatment facility for recovering addicts (or something along those lines, I didn't really investigate too much). On the bright side, the station is surrounded by wide open areas and is kept very clean. The treatment facility, AA building, and shelter don't seem to have much activity until evening, so a daytime trip is what my family prefers when visiting the station.
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