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The building you see pictured below is all that remains of an elaborate and at one time, much larger hub known as Union Station in Spartanburg. Built in 1904, this station once served the Southern Railway, Clinchfield Railroad and the Charleston & Western Carolina Railway. The building that remains today was a secondary structure built in 1915. The depot is within walking distance to the acclaimed Wofford College.

Union Station

Ann Helms of Spartanburg, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

In the 1940s, as many as 14 passenger and freight trains passed through Union Station each day, helping Spartanburg earn its “Hub City” nickname. Over the years pieces of the station were razed as they deteriorated and in 1996 a tragic fire gutted the rest of the structure. Not to stand by and do nothing, a young 16-year old boy, still in high school, by the name of Trey Davis III started a campaign to get the building restored. Letters and editorials were written and visits to city leaders were orchestrated. Mr Davis’ initiative to save history engaged the community strongly enough that strong volunteer effort was started and the building was saved.

Spartanburg Union Station

Undated Postcard View

The building is still an active train station serving two trains daily with no baggage areas or ticketing on site. Even if you have no train to catch the station is worth a visit as it is now home to the Hub City Museum. The Hub City Museum is dedicated to the telling of Spartnburg’s history through exhibiting two of the area’s biggest cash producers, peaches and textiles, in addition to the storied and important past of the railroad industry in South Carolina.

Union Station

William Thursby of Ware Shoals, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent


Spartanburg Union Station Info


Address: 290 Magnolia Street, Spartanburg, SC 29303
GPS Coordinates: 34.953905,-81.937438
Website: https://hubcityrrmuseum.org/


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3 Comments about Spartanburg Union Station

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
July 3rd, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Thank you so much, Heather, for this great info. We have corrected our page!

Heather @ ihazachoochootrainproblem.comNo Gravatar says:
July 2nd, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Trains do stop there – the Crescent stops once a day in each direction. The New Orleans-bound train stops at 4 something in the morning, and the New York-bound train stops at 11 something at night!

Audrey HowardNo Gravatar says:
December 7th, 2012 at 9:06 pm

A very pretty town. I would like to visit and maybe reside there. Thank you for the interesting pictures and history.





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