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Sweet Home depot's fate hangs in balance

Historic structure at Public Works Yard needs to be moved – again


May 25, 2022

Benny Westcott

The Oregon Electric Railroad depot, constructed in the early 1930s, has been moved twice in an 80-year period. The dilapidated structure now sits at the Public Works Yard atop land earmarked for an access road to Linn County's proposed RV fill/dump station and a homeless facility. It must be relocated again in the next 30 to 60 days or face possible demolition. Public Works Director Greg Springman stands near a white line to indicate how far the road is expected to extend in width.

A piece of local history faces demolition if no one steps up to save it.

The dilapidated Oregon Electric Railroad depot sits at the north end of the Sweet Home Public Works Yard, suffering from severe rot and defaced by graffiti over its 80-year lifespan. It currently occupies an area where an access road is planned for Linn County's proposed RV fill/dump station and the Family Assistance and Resource Center's homeless facility.

Since the depot stands in the way, Public Works Director Greg Springman said it needs to be moved in the next 30 to 60 days.

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