WELCOME TO NOWATA COUNTY, OKGENWEB
This is part of the story, written in the Nowata Daily Star of Thursday, June 10, 1976..
The FIRST railroad passenger depot built in Nowata was this
wooden structure, erected in 1889, with the train utilizing the
new facility in Nowata Christmas Eve, going from Coffeyville, KS.
to Fort Smith, Ark. Old records show the train was loaded with dignitaries,
politicians, and probably not a few “opportunists”. This picture
was taken from the east side of the tracks, looking west, and the
depot was then in the 100 block of N. Oak, directly across the street
from where Randall’s Tire company is now located. The new depot
was built in its present location in 1912, with as many lawsuits
and difficulties in getting it constructed as the Lions Club had
in later securing the premises. The last passenger train went through
Nowata to Claremore and back on March 27, 1960, with 180 people
making the trip.