Railway Museum granted 20-year lease of the Historic Orient Santa Fe Depot

News
COSA Logo

The City of San Angelo and Historic Orient Santa Fe Depot, Inc. have agreed to a 20-year lease that will keep the Railway Museum in the historic railroad building at 703 S. Chadbourne St.

The museum will pay $1 per year for use of the facility. The museum will be responsible for all maintenance of the building and its grounds, and it must be open to the public at least three days per week. The lease also requires the museum to inventory and catalog all of its artifacts, and to immediately seek designs for a heating and cooling system. The agreement allows for a five-year option to extend the lease.

“This is an exciting time for the Railway Museum,” board president Penney Baker said. “The board has big plans for updating exhibits, expanding hours and offering more robust programming. We’ll be systematically working toward those goals in the coming year.” 

The City Council allowed the lease with the museum to lapse last fall after concerns were raised about the organization and its leadership. The Council said at the time it would consider a new lease only if the board underwent a radical and convincing remake. The board was reorganized shortly afterward.

“The Railway Museum board has undergone an impressive transformation that has won the confidence of the City Council,” City Manager Daniel Valezuela said. “As a result, we’re ecstatic to reach a mutually beneficial agreement that, in the end, will ensure the museum continues to offer high-quality programming to our citizens, to tourists and to railroad enthusiasts.” 

Source: City of San Angelo



More Stories for you

• Two vehicle fatality crash in Tom Green County
The Texas Department of Public Safety released this statement Wednesday morning:Number of Vehicles in Crash: 2Number of…

• San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo Live Interview: Alan Cockerham
Alan Cockerham is the general manager of the carnival in town at the San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo!—–The Sutliff and…

• Concho Valley This Morning Update (February 6, 2019)
Good Wednesday morning! In your Concho Valley This Morning Update, get the details about yesterday’s boer goat show and…

• 2/6/19 Jail Log
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 Tom Green County Jail Arrest RecordsOver the past 24 hours, 22 people were booked into the…

• Angelo State Police warn of credit card scam targeting Twitter users
The Angelo State University Police Department has received multiple reports of a scam involving credit cards and fast…

• San Angelo municipal court judge Allen Gilbert retires
San Angelo city council members honored longtime San Angelo municipal court judge Allen Gilbert during Tuesday’s…

• San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo – LIVE interview with artist Christina Jackson
Christina Jackson is an artist showcasing her clothing, paintings, and other artwork at the San Angelo Stock Show and…

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.