Save the Northfield Depot

A nonprofit organization

Northfield LOVES its depot! The 1888 depot is a special building that reflects our unique history, culture, and community.

Our vision for its future is coming true! An attractive, renovated 1888 depot (on the left in the rendering) in a highly visible and accessible site will be used by community members and visitors to Northfield - with local artwork, railroad history, information about the community, and public restrooms in the interior. Exterior areas will include a sculpture garden and sheltering pavilion for events such as weddings, art shows, and musical performances.

We reached our first milestone, and the depot
 was moved to its new location on January 6, 2016!

But we CANNOT rest on our laurels!
As with several other recent local projects, the bids for the some of the construction and repair came in higher than expected (due to high demand from the many construction projects, some quite large, taking place in the state). We still have a long way to go to assure its preservation. Help us continue to move our project forward by making a donation today.

IMPORTANT: Please note that a small processing fee (6.9%) is subtracted from all online donations; learn more about this fee at If you would like your FULL donation to go toward restoring the depot, please mail a check to Save the Northfield Depot, P.O. Box 486, Northfield, MN 55057 OR make a donation via our Facebook page.

Make a difference today by donating now.

We have the opportunity to finish our goal of rescuing, renovating, and reusing the last remaining icon of Northfield’s rich railroad history—the 1888 Union Pacific depot, an architectural treasure. The projected city transit hub nearby (on the right in the rendering) will complement and enhance those uses.

Details about the depots rich history is documented in text and pictures on our website. To learn more about our effort to restore the depot for use as a visitor's center, transportation hub, art space, and commercial business, please visit

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Tweet it out to your followers, post it on Facebook, or send out emails to let your friends know about our project. We know there are many others who believe in the same values we do: historic preservation, beautification, and revitalization.

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Save the Northfield Depot

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Community Economic Development

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204 3rd Street West P.O. Box 486
Northfield, MN 55057

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