Union Pacific Depot - 1923

N37 36.765"    W114 30.835"

A marker honoring an important railroad depot built using rare mission-style architecture.


  • Directions: At the Union Pacific Depot -- Caliente.
    Located at the main parking lot of the train depot, Depot Avenue.

Exact Description: Constructed as a Union Pacific Railroad Depot in 1923, this Mission Revival structure was designed by well known Los Angeles architects John and Donald Parkinson. The depot represents an imposing example of Mission Revival design. Much of its interior was made of solid oak and the total cost was $83,600. The depot replaced a former structure which burned Sept. 9, 1921. This newer facility included a restaurant and a fifty-room hotel. For some years, the old depot has served Caliente as a civic center and is the location of city government offices.

  • Directions: At the Union Pacific Depot -- Caliente.
    Located at the main parking lot of the train depot, Depot Avenue.

NOTES: To put it simply, a marker hunter couldn't miss this depot if he wanted to. "The Depot," as locals refer to it, is the largest structure in town and quite possibly the entire region for at least a hundred miles. Getting to the depot, and [249] Union Pacific Depot however, can be a bit confusing ...

  • Find Caliente's major intersection at US 93 and Front Street and veer onto Front Street. From here, follow the ninety-degree turn continuing straight ahead for the Depot. Keep in mind, hunters must make a right turn just after the railroad tracks. You're welcome.

The largest structure in town!
One word of note: The officials at the depot frown at people crossing the tracks in fear of liability.
Instead, head back out to Front Street and take a picture of it from there.