Houston's Southern Pacific Depot
A Saturday morning breakfast was the only ceremony that marked the opening of Houston's Southern Pacific Depot.
Sometime in September 1934, the descendants of Gen. Sidney Sherman gathered around a breakfast table at the terminal with other newspaper reporters and munched on fried chicken and toast.
No speeches, no ribbon cutting. A woman from San Angelo was the first to purchase a ticket at the new terminal. The trip: Houston to Bay City.
According to the WPA guide to Houston, the total cost of construction came out to $4,347,000 in 1934 dollars ($62,050,368 in 2005 dollars).
The building was located at 329 Franklin Ave., where the downtown post office is today. It was open from 5:30 a.m. to midnight daily.
The building was demolished in 1960. Two items from the old structure were rescued from demolition. The lighted Southern Pacific sign outside the train station was moved to the Southern Pacific building on Travis.
The other item...well, I'll save that for another day.
UPDATE: The Southern Pacific sign lives on at the Houston Railroad museum.