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Free admission day at Depot museum

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Mammoth Spring Frisco Depot Photo by Steven Looney
A trip to the Mammoth Spring State Park should not be complete without a visit to the historic Frisco Railroad Depot. May 16, visitors will be able to tour this historical attraction free of charge and the community is invited to attend.

The Depot building built in 1886, continued in operation through the early 1960s. It is the oldest standing depot remaining in Arkansas and features a walk-through museum with a wide variety of life-size figures dressed in the clothes of the time period.

Visitors are welcomed to take the tour on their own or with a guided tour. Each display has educational audio information and explanations with a video presentation in two different locations on the tour.

Although there are the sounds of a train whistle in one of the videos, the rumbling sound as the floor begins to vibrate is real. The Depot Museum sits next to the tracks where it always has, but those tracks are live and active. BNSF Railroad operates a very busy track next to the museum which adds to the affect of the historic depot setting.

The museum, operated by the Arkansas State Parks Department normally charges a small fee for the tour but on May 16 admission to the Frisco Depot tour is free.

"Come spend some time at the depot, baggage room and caboose of the Frisco Depot. Feel the rumble and see what life was like in past times," a museum guide said.

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Your picture of the station brings back memories. I was raised off & on in Thayer. My grandpa was a conductor on the Frisco. Thayer to Memphis. Sometimes, I would get a ticket to ride from Thayer to Mammoth and then ride along with him. To the best of knowledge the cost of the ticket at that time was only 10 cents. My grandma would then drive down to pick me up. My grandpa's name was Henry Jackson,(W. H. Jackson) but some just called him "Two Mile" of "Two Mile Jackson". When I do get the chance I like to come down for the Thayer Homecomming, as I graduated in 1959

-- Posted by E Smith on Thu, May 7, 2009, at 4:54 PM

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