1895 Train Station – Council Grove, KS

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Added to OHD on 5/11/17   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   25 Comments
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502 E Main St, Council Grove, KS 66846

  • $39,000
  • 1 Bath
Don't miss your opportunity to own a piece of history in historic Council Grove, KS! The Katy Depot, a state and federally registered historical landmark, presents a unique opportunity for a business or other site right on Main Street! Clean and clear on the inside, ready for new owners! Offered by Lakeside Properties - Gary L. Catlin - (620)767-2580
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25 Comments on 1895 Train Station – Council Grove, KS

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks Cora for sharing!

  2. Lissie says: 264 comments

    I think it would make a great restaurant. Like the Whistle Stop Cafe!

  3. Scott Cunningham says: 394 comments

    I love the sliding barn doors in the cargo and freight area. There is a similar small station in Leavenworth KS that’s been converted to a successful restaurant.


  4. Dwight says: 34 comments

    I’ve always wanted to convert a train depot into a home. I love the architecture of these old train depots with their bracketed wide eaves. I want to go home, I want to go home (clicking heels).

    • GloriaH says: 81 comments

      One of my co-workers converted one in the late 70’s. He did move it to some rural property, because it was going to be torn down. It was a neat place.

  5. Scott Cunningham says: 394 comments

    There is still a small set of tracks alongside. Perhaps they can find an old steam locomotive to place there!!!

    • MW says: 902 comments

      Man, thinking exactly the same thing. I would do that 1st at the top of the list if I were to get this place! Might cost more than the station itself, but still worth it. Or maybe get an old rail car or coach of some sort for more space even. But a big old steam engine or early modern locomotive would be cool. I’m wondering with the tracks there, if that isn’t the reason they are there to begin with. Maybe had one, but was removed to sell the property. The old caboose is still there on the other side though, but guessing that is a separate park area, doesn’t go with the building.

      The street view from about a year ago doesn’t show anything there then either.

      • DenDen says: 96 comments

        The traincar idea was done in Maine. There used to be a restaurant in Bangor (now closed and torn down, sadly) that was your run of the mill restaurant with a traincar parked along side and connected to the building. There were some extra tables in it and it was always great fun to eat out there.

  6. Cora says: 2059 comments

    This was an antique store for many years, I’ve been in it numerous times. It’s got tons of space;it’s a really long building. I think I remember the owners only heating the front half of it in the winter, so you really had to bundle up to shop in the back part. 🙂 It’s such a great space, and it’s not been modernly muddled. It would be wonderful for a business of any kind.

    • Ross says: 2469 comments

      Like Cora, I have also been in this building a lot. It is wonderful, and the price seems quite good. It is on the main street, and Council Grove is a lovely town.

  7. lori shonk says: 3 comments

    it looks very similar to the one here in st charles,mo. it’s located in frontier park near the missouri river and the katy trail. The Katy Trail State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of Missouri that contains the Katy Trail, a recreational rail trail that runs 240 miles in the right-of-way of the former Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad.

    • Chad31 says: 19 comments

      I have been to St. Charles, MO several times. It is one of the most extraordinary historical towns in the US. It is Missouri’s answer to Colonial Williamsburg. It looks almost as it did over 150 + years ago. Every building has been restored to period and the Main Street is about a mile or so long and full of beautiful Greek Revival, Colonial, and Italianate architecture. Well worth a visit.

  8. This beautiful building is about a 30 minute drive from me, so if anyone wants me to go check it out for them please let me know. Council Grove is a great place to live, driving distance from Fort Riley and Manhattan.

  9. JB says: 101 comments

    Here’s another train station w/ a rail-car for sale in Searsport, Maine:


    Bangor is approximately a 30 minute drive from Searsport and Belfast, Maine is approximately 10-15 minutes away.

    Acadia National Park is 45 minutes away and, although I am new to Maine (from a recent 15 year stint in Hawaii) I understand the traffic along this route is quite full of tourists during the summer months.

    Could be a decent money-maker now that people seem to have more disposable income these days.

    • Gwenn says: 106 comments

      Yes there is a lot of traffic in this area during the summer, lots of people going to bar harbor and the surrounding areas, we drive from the island my mom is from almost every summer for a visit to bar harbor, Jordan pond, and Cadillac mountain. It’s worth sitting in the traffic for a visit!

  10. Mary J. Brown says: 51 comments

    My hometown repurposed the old train station into the library. The side track had an old caboose that was made into the children’s section. It was quite magical. It is now the Historical Society’s home.

  11. Dr. O says: 36 comments

    Is this in the part of Kansas that has public hunting areas & pheasants? If so, it might make a good bunkhouse for hunters?

  12. Michael Mackin says: 2530 comments

    Right down the street from the bank building that Kelly posted a while back! This would be a great project for the right person and the right kind of tenant.

  13. ErnieErnie says: 332 comments

    What a great building! Unfortunate location, no parking for a restaurant & being right next to a fire department it would not be a good place for a business or home, but it is a great building.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Not sure why being next door to a fire department would not be a great place for a business. If anything it’d be ideal. Just think how fast the guys would be there if something happened! Heck, I wouldn’t mind a fire station next to my house, it’s peace of mind to me.

      I don’t know where the property line is but you can’t say there’s no parking either because you don’t know where the property line is either. I see space enough to make a small one or more depending on how much property you own around the station.

  14. David says: 26 comments

    Anyone else have that old blues song in their head?

    “She caught the Katy
    and left me a mule to ride…”

  15. peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1069 comments
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    1885 Italianate.

    I just now saw this. Not quite like the movie, The Station Agent, but close enough!

  16. Nancy Villafuerte says: 7 comments

    It would mAke a perfect diner

  17. Elizabeth Rossi says: 6 comments

    Frederick’s Katy depot awesome historical write up at this link: http://tillmancountychronicles.blogspot.ca/2011/06/sent-to-frederick-leader-and-frederick.html

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