Lost Memphis: Union Station

The most beautiful train station in our city was demolished to make way for a post office. What a shame.




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Simple Math

"...at one time this palace handled more than 200 passengers a day...more than 80 passenger trains came through Memphis every day".

Either Union Station handled a lot more than 200 passengers a day, or (at fewer than three passengers per day per train) it is no wonder the station wasn't sustainable.

Stephen Hughes 326 days ago

Last trains in and out

When did the last trains go through there and which trains were they?

Erin 328 days ago


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Ask Vance is the blog of Vance Lauderdale, the award-winning columnist of Memphis magazine and Inside Memphis Business. Vance is the author of four books: Ask Vance: The Best Questions and Answers from Memphis Magazine’s History and Trivia Expert (2003), as well as Ask Vance: More Questions and Answers from Memphis Magazine’s History Expert (2011), Vance Lauderdale’s Lost Memphis (2013), and Vance Lauderdale’s More Lost Memphis (2014). He is also the recipient of quite a few nice awards (including “Best Blog - 2017” from the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards), the creator of several eye-catching wall calendars, and the only person we know with a vintage shock-treatment machine in his den.