By Barbara Harrington/For the Monroe Journal
ABERDEEN – Aberdeen has gotten a big boost in its battle to save the old M&O Railroad Depot.
The depot was featured on the 2007 list of Mississippi’s 10 Most Endangered Historic Places. Built circa 1869, the depot has also been designated a Mississippi Landmark and is significant as the oldest known extant railroad depot in the state.
A grant was recently received from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History to finish the woodworking in the front part of the building and to add heating, cooling and electrical for the front. The city has received several grants from Archives and History for the structure, and for the past four years it has been awarded more money than was requested. The requested $20,000 matching grant, with inkind work by the city for half that amount meant Archives and History would be contributing $10,000 but that amount was changed to $12,000 and then the final award turned out to be $13,500.
These grants are for Certified Local Governments, not for nonprofits, but donations to Save Aberdeen Landmarks have also been used as matching funds.