Check Your Bags? Scenes from the Ogallala Depot
Among the thousands of railroad photos in our collections is a series shot outside the Union Pacific Depot in Ogallala around 1900. The photos were apparently meant to document how luggage and freight was commonly stacked outside the building, loaded on tall wagons, or simply piled beside the tracks. Details of a few of the photos are shown here.
It was probably a good thing it didn’t rain a lot in western Nebraska.
The Depot. The sign lists Ogallala’s elevation as 3,211 feet and gives distances “To Omaha 341 5/10 M” and “To Ogden 658 7/10 M.” NSHS RG2105-3-56
Luggage wagon. NSHS RG2105-3-36
The depot is immediately to the left of this detail. NSHS RG2105-3-38
Looking like they’ve been literally kicked out of a boxcar, these boxes include products from the National Biscuit Company (aka, Nabisco), and apricots from the Golden State Canning Company of Ontario, California. NSHS RG2105-3-43