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St. Louis, Missouri

Obscura Day: The Cotton Belt Rail Depot

Explore an abandoned train depot along the banks of the Mississippi.

In the early 1900s, ads promised that "You can set your watch by the Cotton Belt." With the trains long gone, take your time and investigate an unusual structure that was once adjacent to a tent city and which is now in the crosshairs of a proposed stadium.

Five stories high but most striking for its length and thinness, the Cotton Belt Rail Depot spans 750 feet. Its walls are scrawled with graffiti, while a huge mural called "Migrate" brightens its eastern facade. The Depot was a key link in the cotton trade route that ran through Texas, Arkansas and Missouri.
Join us to celebrate Obscura Day and this gritty, beautiful relic of St. Louis' industrial history. There will be a barbecue next to the building, which is centered within a labyrinth of aged factories.

This event is BYOB!

Saturday, May 30; 1:00 - 7:00pm
Cost: FREE, but bring something to grill, BYOB and remember to RSVP!
The Cotton Belt Freight Depot
1400 North 1st Street
St. Louis, Missouri 63102