SEDGWICK — The Sedgwick Historical Society met on Tuesday evening to discuss, among other thngs, the acquisition of the Santa Fe depot.
The Santa Fe depot has been donated to the Sedgwick Historical Society by Madelyn Mosiman. A large pot-bellied stove that was used in the depot was also given to the organization.
Many depots of that era were constructed using brick, but Sedgwick's depot, built in the 1870s, is a wooden structure that has stood the test of time.
"The bridge crew were supposed to be the ones who built it, that's why it's so sturdy," Mosiman said.
The Mosiman family acquired the depot and moved it from its original location to their property.
"We had room, and so that's how it ended up over there," Mosiman said. "Our family made a museum out of it with our personal items."
She is now selling the property that the depot is on and wanted to give the depot to the Sedgwick Historical Society.
"We've been wanting it for years," said Nancy Stahl, president of the Sedgwick Historical Society. "We didn't want to see it go away."
The building housing the Sedgwick Historical Museum also dates from the late 1800s.
"It's another original frame building, which is cool," Stahl noted. "Most towns don't have anything like that left."
Tornadoes, fires and floods have destroyed many of the wooden buildings built in the early years of Kansas towns.
With the additional square footage provided in the depot, the museum will be able to host meetings, events and programs for the community.
"It's going to give us so much more room. We've been so limited on space, we've had to turn down items," Stahl said.
The depot will take up nearly the full width of the back portion of the lot on which the museum sits.
"The first thing we have to do is figure out how we're going to put it on this lot," Stahl said. "It's going to cost quite a bit of money to get it moved, because there's really no direct route for where it's coming from. We have to cross the railroad tracks and there are trees and power lines we'll have to work with."
A concrete pad will have to be poured to set the depot on, and the Sedgwick Historical Society plans to rewire the structure and add heating and air conditioning.
"We're going to leave it pretty rough," Stahl said. "We're not going to do a lot of fancying it up and decorating it."
The Sedgwick Historical Museum is located at 523 N. Commercial Ave. in Sedgwick.