Friends of Historic Comanche has raised almost $300,000 in private donations to restore the facility. The Depot will be serve as a train museum, visitor center and office of the Comanche Chamber of Commerce.
The Friends organization provides continuous support of historic preservation through the gifts or acquisition of historical properties, and the restoration, maintenance and utilization of said properties to the benefit of the citizens of Comanche. Rehabilitation of the Comanche “Frisco” Depot is one such project. Nancy Wilkerson, former president of the organization says “lots of people who were not particularly interested in saving old buildings were very interested in the old depot. It seemed to touch people’s lives more than other historical landmarks.”
The Fort Worth and Rio Grande Railway was chartered to build the first rail lines from Fort Worth to Brownwood in 1890. In 1901 the St. Louis and San Francisco Railway Company (FRISCO) acquired and controlled the roadway, but the Fort Worth and Rio Grande continued independent operations of the freight and passenger train. FRISCO constructed the Comanche Depot in 1912. In 1950, the passenger and freight service operations were discontinued, and in 1959, sections of the railway were abandoned. The building was used primarily as a storage facility by the City and eventually the railroad granted ownership of the depot to the City. The 1912 passenger depot and platform, constructed of brick on a concrete base is threatened by deterioration and a failed roof system. Comanche is a rural community and lacks the revenue to restore and repair the neglected building. THIS WAS THE WRITE UP FROM THE 2007 TEXAS’ MOST ENDANGERED PLACES LIST FROM TEXAS PRESERVATION.
Now you can purchase an engraved brick to be placed at the Comanche Depot! Bricks are being sold for $100 and up to four lines of text is included. Please contact a Friends of Historic Comanche Committee Member or the Comanche Chamber at 325.356.3233 for more information.