Those gathered Saturday for the dedication of Longview’s historic train depot agreed it was the start of a new era for the city.
“If we all could come back here in 20 years, I guarantee you it would be a very different venue that you would be looking at. Because I believe this is the first step in the economic redevelopment of South Longview. This is how it starts. It doesn’t all happen in one fell swoop,” Joe McHugh, Amtrak’s vice president of government affairs, told about 250 people gathered for Saturday’s event.
The dedication ceremony marked the completion of a $2.2 million renovation at the depot off Mobberly Avenue.
The event was held in conjunction with National Train Day and included events across downtown, such as an antique car show and vintage movie screenings at the Longview Public Library.
At the depot, a part of the Longview Transportation Center, visitors participated in tours of the facility, an Amtrak exhibit train and a Greyhound Model Bus.