State organization calls old Poplar Bluff train depot endangered

State organization calls old Poplar Bluff train depot endangered
By: Ryan Tate
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. - The Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation recently released its list of ten most endangered historic properties.  A Poplar Bluff site made the list.
The Poplar Bluff Train Depot and Stairs were built in 1910, but Union Pacific abandoned the property in 2000. It is listed on the National Registration of Historic Sites, but history is catching up with the site.
"To put it back the way it used to be, it would probably take about 2 million dollars," Ben Traxel said. Traxel is the "Architect of Record for the Restoration" of the Depot.
"A lot of people think with the state of the building, with the condition it is in, it's not possible to bring it back to life. I think those people want it bulldozed because they don't think it can come back to life. But it can," Traxel said.
The "Committee to Save and Restore the Poplar Bluff Historic Train Depot" recently secured a grant of $114,000 to rebuild the roof. But the grant is a "matching grant," meaning the committee needs to raise similar funds to get the grant.
"There are a lot of people who believe the depot needs to come back because it's an essential part of how the city of Poplar Bluff was born," Traxel said.