Dante Depot — Russell County, Virginia

Dante

Dante, Virginia is located in western Russell County near the Dickenson County border.  At one time in the early 20th century, Dante was the northern terminus of the Clinchfield Railroad.  In fact, it was such a booming town that at one time the Headquarters for the Clinchfield Railroad was located in Dante.  The town, and this station is given much credit to opening up and developing the coalfields in neighboring Dickenson County.

Dante

I cant find a definite opening date for this train station but Im guessing sometime around 1900 would be correct.

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Recently CSX has wanted to demolish the structure and the community has fought to save and restore the building, but as you can see from my photos as of September, neither side have saw their plans come to fruition.

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What’s really shocking and sad about this depot is the rapid decay of the building.  While researching I saw some photos shot at this depot in 2011 and the building looked much more structurally sound than as it stands today.

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My guess is that unless something big doesnt come along and soon, this historic depot will be lost forever.

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