Great Overland Station

701 N. Kansas Ave.
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Topeka, KS 66608

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An educational experience awaits visitors to the Great Overland Station in North Topeka, where both railroad and Topeka histories are preserved in a restored train depot. Occupying the old Union Pacific Passenger Station, the Great Overland Station "represents the heritage of all the railroads which have crossed our city and state," according to the station's Web site at http://www.greatoverlandstation.com/. The Great Overland Station, which has a variety of rooms that can be rented for a wide range of occasions (check the Web site or call (785) 232-5533 for information), opened in June 2004. Directions to the Great Overland Station can be found on the Web site.

The station features both temporary and permanent exhibits. Temporary exhibits are displayed in the Fink Exhibit Gallery, while permanent exhibits include: Santa Fe artifacts and photographs, Union Pacific artifacts and photographs, display of Kansas trains dating back to 1932, history of Topeka from 1800 to present, display of Harvey Houses and Harvey Girls, photographs of Topeka churches, photographs of education buildings, model G-gauge train layout, photographs of the 1951 Flood and the 1966 Tornado, a simulator and baggage cart.

Outside the station, visitors can stroll through the BNSF Railway Plaza and its Corridor of Flags to the All Veterans Memorial. The plaza includes memorial bricks and 50 American flags flying above the flags of all 50 states. Bronze plaques at the base of each flag contain information about the states. The All Veterans Memorial also includes memorial bricks and features a sculptural flame. A ceremonial flagpole located to the south of the memorial is 60-feet high and displays a 12-foot by 18-foot United States flag, a 5-foot by 8-foot Kansas flag and a 4-foot by 6-foot POW/MIA flag.

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Location: North

Ambience: Family fun



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