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The Punta Gorda Atlantic Coast Line Depot is a historic train station built in 1928 by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad (ACL). It is a fine example of Mediterranean Revival architecture and is, in fact, the only one of six depots built by the ACL in this style still standing. The depot was primarily used for freight shipping but passengers used it as well. It is also important in the city's racial history as it still has "white" and "colored" signs above two doors that were used during segregation. Today, the depot houses an antique mall and a museum. It is one of several buildings operated by the Punta Gorda Historical Society.

Built in 1928, the former Punta Gorda Atlantic Coast Line Depot is now home to a museum and antique mall.

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Punta Gorda Depot was the third train station built in the city; the first was erected in 1886 and the second in 1897. It features a curved parapet and arches on the northern end, a two-story tower, and a clay barrel tile roof. In addition to its separate "white" and "colored" entrances, the depot also had segregated waiting rooms, bathrooms, and ticket windows. Its economic impact on the community was significant as it not only facilitated freight transportation but also enabled fishermen to ship their catches to northern markets. Other goods shipped from the depot included pineapples, propane, turpentine, and even ice from the local icehouse.

The depot was built towards the end of the Florida land boom of the 1920s. Its use started to decline as the Great Depression took its toll on the community and the population decreased by a thousand people in the 1930s. Nevertheless, passenger service continued until 1971 and freight service ended some time later. A philanthropist by the name of Fred Babcock bought the depot with the intention of converting it into a restaurant. This plan fell through and he donated it to the Punta Gorda Historical Society. The depot was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.

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