Tour the CASO station in St. Thomas with architect, developer, inventor and writer Lloyd Alter


CASO station, St. Thomas

CASO station, St. Thomas


The shortest distance between New York and Chicago runs on the north side of Lake Erie, so the Canada Southern Railway was built in 1872, was bankrupt in 1874, and sold to the Vanderbilts who owned the Michigan Central. The station was the headquarters of the company, and the second floor served as their head offices. The three hundred acres surrounding it were their main shops and yards, making the railroad the economic lifeblood of St. Thomas. Post WWII the MCRR started packing up, was merged into Penn Central, sold off the St. Thomas facilities to Canadian Pacific and Canadian National who abandoned the station, and it started falling apart, a victim of vandals and pigeons.
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