Mobile and Ohio Railroad Depot
Aberdeen, Mississippi (Monroe County)
Completed around 1869, the Mobile and Ohio Railroad Depot, a vernacular Italianate structure of frame construction, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 8, 1983, and designated a Mississippi Landmark on May 20, 1986. The depot is significant as the oldest known extant railroad depot in Mississippi, as well as for its symbolic role in connecting Aberdeen to the rest of the South, thus insuring the city’s agricultural, commercial and industrial growth.
While the owner of the depot, the City of Aberdeen, has no plans to demolish the structure, the depot has been threatened by deterioration and lack of funds for restoration for many years. A local non-profit group is currently working to secure a lease agreement with the city.
While these developments are a move in the right direction, there is still much work to be done in order to ensure that this extremely important part of Mississippi’s railroad history is preserved for future generations.
2015 Update – In Progress
A local non-profit is actively working to save the building by applying for funding. The group was awarded an $8,000 Certified Local Government grant, which was matched by the city, and is applying now for a Community Heritage Grant which would cover 80 percent of the proposed $250,000 renovation cost. The group hopes to turn the structure into a small convention center or a restaurant. The City of Aberdeen is slowly and incrementally rehabilitating the building.