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FREE ADMISSION announced “Gilroy” in bright lights. The final cost came in over budget at $14,000, but the final result seemed well worth it. Over the next half-century, Gilroy’s architecturally attractive depot saw regular passenger and freight service. Occasional crowds gathered to welcome campaigning dignitaries, beginning with the presidential candidate Warren G. Harding and ending with a brief visit by Richard Nixon. Sadly, Gilroy’s much-hailed depot closed in 1971, a victim of disuse. By then, passengers were traveling by auto and airplane and freight was increasingly carried on trucks. The venerable station turned into a stopping place for vagrants, falling into graffiti-adorned disrepair. For the next two decades, its transportation function was downgraded to a switching station. In 1992 CalTrain began commute service from the boarded- up station. Then in 1998, restoration efforts brought the old structure back to life, adding to the station’s renewed use as a transportation hub. A grand reopening celebrated the depot’s reemergence, to include an authentically restored waiting room, and ticket office, and a fresh coating of exterior paint that was matched to the station’s original hues. The old days of fruit, grain and livestock shipments are long gone from the rails of Gilroy’s historic depot, which, starting with the original 1870 structure, has seen nearly a century and a half of transportation service from the same locale. Adapting along with the era, the station now serves as a commuter point for both train and bus service, marking yet another shift in the movement of people and goods in the modern era. Presented by..... SEPT. 23 RD and 24 TH Located In Historic, Picturesque Downtown Morgan Hill between Main and Dunne Avenues on Monterey Road ARTS & CRAFTS LIVE MUSIC WINE & CRAFT BEER • Live Music • Local Premium Wines & Craft Mircrobrews • Arts & Crafts • Kids Zone • Gourmet Foods • • CAR SHOW Custom & Classic Car Show SATURDAY 10:00am to 7:00pm SUNDAY 10:00am to 6:00pm Local Business Booths and More! 408.779.9444 Produced by Minnich Productions GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN JULY/AUGUST 2017 67