Flora Main Street invites YOU to become part of the
Flora Depot Restoration Project with your tax deductible
This project restores the historic Flora Depot on
a site across the tracks from its original location in
Once completed the depot will serve as a local
history museum and railroad transportation education
center, as well as be available for public and private
It is the key piece in Flora Main Street’s plans to
revitalize the downtown business district by bringing
visitors to Flora as part of Carroll County’s thriving
Engraved 4” x
8” bricks will become part of the sidewalk system
surrounding the depot.
Bricks will be placed in dedicated sections.
Bricks have been reserved for organizations,
businesses, individuals and family members, and for
loved ones in memoriam.
A trio of sisters who grew up in town ( today
there is one on each coast and one in the middle)
requested their bricks be placed next to each other so
they would always be together in Flora.
In addition to raising money for the depot project, these engraved
bricks celebrate family, community, and our rich rural
Your brick donation helps us:
PRESERVE THE PAST
The Flora Depot was built in 1908 by the Vandalia
Railroad for $10,000.00.
In its heyday the depot served eight passenger
trains daily, connecting Flora residents and commerce to
points throughout the nation.
The Flora Depot’s unique history includes a colossal
wreck, a move, a new life as a Laundromat, a tragic
fire, an important historic designation, a final
opportunity to save it from demolition in an almost
fateful convergence of events, two years spent stored in
sections on a flat trailer, and a Phoenix-like rise from
its own char and ashes.
It is a remarkable story.
Today the reconstructed and restored exterior
stands awaiting completion of the subsequent phases of
SEIZE THE PRESENT
Centrally located, Flora is the crossroads of Carroll
People visiting the many sites of interest located
outside the town generally must drive through Flora en
restored Flora Depot will be the venue Flora needs to
participate in the county’s Heritage Tourism efforts by
enticing these history buffs, rail enthusiasts, and
families to stop.
The depot’s impressive exterior anchors the
downtown business district.
Phase II, site development, is underway. Its
completion will result in a delightful outdoor venue
that will allow the project to begin fulfilling its
mission. The site will host outdoor festivals and
events, bring visitors to Flora, and raise funds for the
CREATE THE FUTURE
The Flora Depot Restoration Project fits well with the
plans of the Camden-Flora Rail Corridor Commission and
U.S. Rail Corporation to develop business along the
U.S. Rail believes the project to be a great opportunity
and envisions passenger cars, railroad-themed events,
and rail excursions.
A recently announced multi-million dollar
facility that will be built north of Flora moves that
vision closer to reality as the roadbed is developed and
improved in order to do more business through central
Carroll County by rail. THE FLORA DEPOT WILL BE PART OF
A NEW ERA OF RAILROAD HISTORY IN CARROLL COUNTY.