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Old 12-11-2007, 05:20 PM
 
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Remember the Titanic Artifact Exhibition held at St. Paul's Union Depot back in 1999? A set of whistles from the ship were set up in front of the exhibit and blown, first time since 1912, before a crowd of 100.000 people.

I was the staff manager and historian at that exhibit-and am curious-What is being done with the Union Depot today? Someone told me it hasn't been used since the 99' Titanic exhibit. What a shame, its a gorgous building, and perfect for exhibitions....

If you attended the 99' Titanic exhibit, what did you think of it?
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Old 12-11-2007, 07:27 PM
 
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I only vaguely remember the Titanic show, but it was very interesting.

Union Depot isn't used for rail traffic at this time. There was a LeeAnn Chin resturant in the concourse, and a few condos have been put into old office parts. It is seldom open. It is not decaying or abandoned and should see train traffic again within the decade. The Duluth rail line would likely terminate in Saint Paul. I assume the AMTRAK depot would relocate from The Midway when that occurs. It has certainly been used since you last saw it.
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Old 12-11-2007, 07:39 PM
 
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I only vaguely remember the Titanic show, but it was very interesting.

Union Depot isn't used for rail traffic at this time. There was a LeeAnn Chin resturant in the concourse, and a few condos have been put into old office parts. It is seldom open. It is not decaying or abandoned and should see train traffic again within the decade. The Duluth rail line would likely terminate in Saint Paul. I assume the AMTRAK depot would relocate from The Midway when that occurs. It has certainly been used since you last saw it.



I also recall a barbacue resturant on the concourse- I think it was called 'Big Daddy's', or something like that...It would be great if the Union Depot came back to life-it's truly a beautiful building....
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Old 12-12-2007, 11:04 AM
 
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I thought the Titanic exhibit was incredible and I'm so thrilled I had a chance to see it. Now I wish someday it would come back so I could bring my kids...
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Old 12-17-2007, 11:49 PM
 
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Last spring my husband and I had a chance to ride along with Ramsey County Council member Tony Bennett to where the planned route of the light rail line would go and an alternative route that Tony Bennett had suggested circling downtown St. Paul and providing better transportation for visitors.

Mr. Bennett stated that the front of the old Union Depot has been sold or leased for long term businesses; but that the back parts of the old depot would be connecting the light rail with the Amtrak with the high speed rail to Duluth and Chicago.
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Old 12-29-2007, 12:10 AM
 
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I go there to LeAnn Chin's when I'm in town.
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Old 12-31-2007, 01:22 PM
 
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Union Depot is indeed a beautiful building. Last time I was there, there was a LeeAnn Chin's Asian restaurant (more upscale than the strip mall versions found all over the TC), and Christo's a Greek restaurant.

We went to the Titanic whistle blowing. It was predicted to be very loud, if it still blew. We decided to park over on Warner Rd, about 1/4 mile away, to listen. Never heard a thing!
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Old 01-04-2008, 01:01 AM
 
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My mom took me out of school one day to take me there. Being so young i was pretty thrilled.
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Old 12-10-2011, 10:12 PM
 
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I attended the the opening day when the whistle was blown. I got there early and climbed on top of a snow bank 75 feet straight out from the stage area and the whistle. I had a video camera with me that day and video taped the entire ceremony. From the beginning with all dedications and singing to the blowing of the whistle. I was thinking I may have one of the very few videos of the blowing of the whistle ceremony.
I went back a few days later when the rest of the exibition was unvailed. The first half when you would walk into the exhibit was very interesting. Starting with a refridgerated wall to give example of how cold the water was that night when the great ship went down. The were hundreds of displays of salvaged ship parts, parts ranging from wash basins that were in the rooms, to lamps, decore pieces and of coarse the unopened jar of olives. There was a life boat if my memorie serves me and a 20 ton piece of the ships hull. When you rounded the corner the exhibit turned to the humand toll. Lugage, shoes. wedding dress, one of the band members clarinett with some sheet music. Each piece gave the owners story. Real hard to keep a tearless composure at that point. The exhibit was very well done and very informative. Gave a deeper understanding of the travelers that were on board. Very sad ending to this . But done very well. The King of Rhinelander
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Old 12-11-2011, 04:53 PM
 
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I had a friend record the whistle blowing - it was pretty lame, because the whistle was actuated with compressed air. Originally it would have had 120+ lbs of steam behind it, and would have been loud enough to rattle your fillings. But a full pressure steam plant probably would have destroyed the whistle, so they did what they could to make it sound.
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