The train station you may use to go to places like Memphis, TN or Chicago, IL could be getting an upgrade. Fulton, Kentucky's Amtrak station sees 5000 people a year. It’s the busiest in Kentucky.
Jeff Campbell, who lives in the Twin Cities is spearheading a project to replace the current Amtrak station in Fulton with a new one. He wants to make the station more appealing.
“I think the changes would be phenomenal for the community in terms of pride, in terms of welcoming people in a good way,” Campbell said.
The new station would be built in front of the old one leading up to the tracks. Campbell says he'd like to recreate the grand station Fulton had in the 1920’s downtown. At one point, that train station made them the “Banana Capital of the Nation”. GreatAmericanStations.com says the name comes from trains carrying bananas stopping in Fulton to have their refrigerator cars serviced and rerouted. That train station was torn down in 1979, according to GreatAmericanStations.com.
“We have a very rich railroad heritage. You know, back in the day there were 32 passenger trains a day and the population would surge by 5000, 6000 people. We had two, 100 room hotels. We had the only opera house between Chicago and New Orleans. So, that's the kind of heritage that we carry,” Campbell said.
He's raised 83% of the costs through public and private donation or pledges. He hopes the community gets on board to help fund the last $10,000 for the project.
Campbell is hosting an informational meeting about the project Monday at 5 p.m. at the Pontotoc Community Center for anyone interested.
If you are a train enthusiast or would like to help fund the project you can send a tax deductible check to the Twin Cities Restoration Foundation at 9399 State Line Road, South Fulton, TN 38257.