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Mannington Main Street To Restore Historic Train Depot

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The Mannington train depot closed in 1957, after more than 100 years in service.

Now, more than 50 years later, the depot is being restored.

The non-profit organization, Mannington Main Street, acquired the building in 2011 and has been working to get the city back to what it used to be.

"When I grew up in this town in the 40's and the 50's, it was always crowded," said Robert Garcia, Mannington Mayor. "You couldn't walk down on weekends, you always had a crowd. This whole town. Everywhere you went, down to the middle of town, it was always crowded."

Mannington Main Street said it is looking to bring the city back to life, beginning with the historic train depot.

"It was built in 1852," said Rana Taylor, Mannington Main Street. "It deployed civil war troops to Pittsburgh. It's got a lot of historical significance to the building."

The non-profit organization plans to restore the building, while bringing more businesses to Mannington.

"We'll put three businesses within the depot and kind of give them the start up tools to be able to stand on their own," Taylor said. "In Mannington we saw there was a decline in startups."

"I think if we could get some business and industry in this town, it could really start booming again like it was way back when," Mayor Garcia added.

But, restoring the building isn't going to happen overnight.

"The plan that we have, it won't be complete until 2018," Taylor said. "But it will be a plan. We are a non-profit. We will grab funding from wherever we can grab it."

However, Taylor said Mannington Main Street is currently accepting applications or potential businesses.

"The businesses, the plan is to have them by the fall of this year," Taylor said.

If you are interested in helping to bring Mannington back to life and would like to bring your small business there, you are encouraged to contact Mannington Main Street at 304-986-2307.

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