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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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  • Very nice a d friendly atmosphere. Brought back a lot od memories from my railroad career. A must see especially if you have young children 
    Very nice a d friendly atmosphere. Brought back a lot od memories from my railroad career. A must see especially if you have young children  more »
  • I love trains and rails.I decided to visit here. Once upon a time, a lot of people were waiting for trains at this station. Now, t became a tiny museum. The admission was free. The museum was tiny... 
    I love trains and rails.I decided to visit here. Once upon a time, a lot of people were waiting for trains at this station. Now, t became a tiny museum. The admission was free. The museum was tiny...  more »
  • Had fun checking out the history and seeing the old train depot! My aunt Mary Senter worked at the Cotton Belt and retired after 40 years. 
    Had fun checking out the history and seeing the old train depot! My aunt Mary Senter worked at the Cotton Belt and retired after 40 years.  more »
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  • Stop there if you pass through. Very friendly curator. You can see an original Rail Operator Manual from the 50’s. Locally hand crafted wood trains are fantastic. You can see the original Operator’s Control Board.
  • Great free museum in Tyler. Kids always have fun. Model trains as well as artifacts from real trains.
  • Awesome things to see. Staff real friendly.
  • Nice place to explore model trains and see some history
  • What a fabulous find as I was looking for something to do while stopping in downtown Tyler! One of the best museums I've been to, so much history packed in every corner! And wonderfully friendly and knowledgeable volunteers, too!

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