EDINBURG – All aboard! Get on track with the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce Depot Restoration committee and efforts to preserve the historic train depot located at 602 W. University Drive.
The Hobo Hap'nin Reunion will bring to life one of the most successful events and fundraisers that brought the community together for one common purpose. The event is scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 17 starting at 6:30 p.m. filled with live entertainment, live and blackboard auctions and a scrumptious dinner.
Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at the Chamber office or from Depot Restoration Committee members and board of directors. Tickets are $75.00 per hobo.
"I want to invite all of our local business owners from Edinburg and the surrounding communities to get excited about being a part of preserving a one of kind and historic building," said Johnny Rodriguez, Edinburg Chamber chairman of the board. "It takes all of us working together to ensure that the Southern Pacific Train Depot stands for generations to come," he said.
According to historic records, on January 11, 1927, the first Southern Pacific train rolled in to Edinburg. In February 1927 the Southern Pacific Railroad began passenger service. The Depot takes us back to a time when Valley residents were able to ride the train to a vacation destination, travel on business or to visit with family and friends. The Depot served as a freight depot until 1982 and through the years welcomed many dignitaries such as first ladies Eleanor Roosevelt and Margaret Truman and artist Jose Greco. In recent years, Governor Rick Perry and local state officials such as state Rep. Aaron Pena and state Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa have visited with the staff, board of directors and other volunteers.
"A special thanks is owed to several chamber and city leaders that had the vision and understood the importance of purchasing and restoring the Southern Pacific Railroad Station that is now fondly called "The Depot", said Elva Jackson Garza, Depot Restoration Committee chair. In 1994, the Edinburg Industrial Foundation purchased the building with a $400,000 grant from the Texas Dept. of Transportation and the City of Edinburg matched it with a $100,000 grant. Subsequently, 3 previous Hobo Hap'nin's have raised over one million dollars that were invested to refurbish and restore the facility. In 1997, the Depot opened its doors as the home of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, Edinburg Convention & Visitor's Bureau and Edinburg Economic Development Corporation.