My theme for A- Z is the year my book takes place: 1881. I"ll be posting about people, places, and random facts about the year as it relates - however distantly - to my book, West of Paradise.
Today we have U for Union Station, where Katherine boards a train heading...mmm, well, I won't say. Instead I'll tell you about the place itself, which opened in 1878.
The building was a cross between Second Empire Style and Gothic Revivial, with towers of varying heights, windows framed in stone, and a mansard roof. The clock tower above the main entrance was 125 feet (38cm) in height. At one point, over 180 trains passed through the station every day.
But by 1903, the city had outgrown the space, and the lack of room for expansion combined with a major flood led to the decision to build a new station. Here's what the new place looks like...
It is now Missouri's 'second-busiest train station' and in addition to being a city landmark, offers such attractions as Science City at Union Station, the Irish Museum and Cultural Center, and the Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity.
Have you ever traveled by train?