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THE ROCKDALE I&GN DEPOT MUSEUM


Step back in time with us and experience Rockdale as it was in the early 1900's. Many small Texas towns owe their creation and growth to the railroad industry, and Rockdale is a stellar example.

 We are committed to preserving and sharing the history of the this local area and the railroads that have made it flourish.

Come visit our museum soon!

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HOURS OF OPERATION

Sat: 10am - 4pm

Sun: 1pm-4pm

More days coming soon!

Contact us to make special arrangements

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ABOUT US

Rockdale Historical Society is a 501 (c) (3) whose mission is to preserve, restore, and share central Texas and railroad history for the generations to come. 

The organization purchased the depot in 1999, nearly 30 years after it was retired from service to the Missouri Pacific Railway, formerly the I&GN Railroad. 

Through tireless effort by many individuals, generous donations, and grants from the Texas Historical Commission and others, the full restoration of this historic depot was completed in 2008.

Click below to learn more about the I&GN railway in Central Texas, and the huge restoration project undertaken to preserve this experiential piece of history. 

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SNAPSHOT

Learn more about our museum highlights!


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RESTORED RAIL CARS

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               Welcome to the                                        Missouri Pacific Caboose #12263.                Built in 1948 and acquired by the            Rockdale Historical Society in the early 2000's.  Restored and decorated with artifacts that might have been in daily use during its era.

Our Missouri Pacific Dining car, named the "Cheyenne Mountain" is a beautifully restored diner, available for private events.

          Contact us for more info.

BAGGAGE ROOM
MODEL TRAIN DISPLAY

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*NEW*
Thanks to the efforts of the Milam County Model Railroad Club and volunteers, our baggage room has undergone a major renovation and is home to a new O gauge model train layout.  The centerpiece of the baggage room is a historic N scale rendition of 1920’s era Rockdale downtown, constructed by Rockdale resident Nolan Bland. 
We are proud and grateful to share this display!

BLACKSMITH SHOP

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Visit our working replica of a blacksmith shop that would have been found in the Rockdale area around the turn of the 20th century. Constructed with antique board and batten siding by members and volunteers in 2009.
We love to showcase demonstrations by a local blacksmith whenever we can.
Keep in touch with us here and on Facebook for future events.

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PRIVATE EVENTS

Beautifully restored dining car and caboose are available for small private events!

Upcoming Events

  • R.H.S. Monthly Meeting
    R.H.S. Monthly Meeting
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, Dec 12
    Rockdale
    Dec 12, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Rockdale, 11 N Main St, Rockdale, TX 76567, USA
    Dec 12, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Rockdale, 11 N Main St, Rockdale, TX 76567, USA
  • R.H.S. Monthly Meeting
    R.H.S. Monthly Meeting
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, Nov 14
    Rockdale
    Nov 14, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Rockdale, 11 N Main St, Rockdale, TX 76567, USA
    Nov 14, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Rockdale, 11 N Main St, Rockdale, TX 76567, USA
  • R.H.S. Monthly Meeting
    R.H.S. Monthly Meeting
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, Oct 10
    Rockdale
    Oct 10, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Rockdale, 11 N Main St, Rockdale, TX 76567, USA
    Oct 10, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Rockdale, 11 N Main St, Rockdale, TX 76567, USA
  • R.H.S. Monthly Meeting
    R.H.S. Monthly Meeting
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, Sep 12
    Rockdale
    Sep 12, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Rockdale, 11 N Main St, Rockdale, TX 76567, USA
    Sep 12, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Rockdale, 11 N Main St, Rockdale, TX 76567, USA
  • R.H.S. Monthly Meeting
    R.H.S. Monthly Meeting
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, Aug 08
    Rockdale
    Aug 08, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Rockdale, 11 N Main St, Rockdale, TX 76567, USA
    Aug 08, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Rockdale, 11 N Main St, Rockdale, TX 76567, USA
  • R.H.S. Monthly Meeting
    R.H.S. Monthly Meeting
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, Jul 11
    Rockdale
    Jul 11, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Rockdale, 11 N Main St, Rockdale, TX 76567, USA
    Jul 11, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Rockdale, 11 N Main St, Rockdale, TX 76567, USA
  • R.H.S. Monthly Meeting
    R.H.S. Monthly Meeting
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, Jul 11
    Rockdale
    Jul 11, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Rockdale, 11 N Main St, Rockdale, TX 76567, USA
    Jul 11, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Rockdale, 11 N Main St, Rockdale, TX 76567, USA
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CONTACT US

Please reach out with any questions!
Due to our limited onsite hours, email may provide the quickest response for your needs.

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Special thanks to your support for us!

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MOERBE PHOTOGRAPHY

MILAM COUNTY RAILROAD MUSEUM

ROCKDALE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

THE ROCKDALE REPORTER

ROCKDALE DEPOT MEMBERS

PHOTOS BY LEN KUBIAK

ALSO, EVERY PERSON AND BUSINESS THAT HAS SELFLESSLY OFFERED THEIR TIME AND RESOURCES OVER THE YEARS TO FURTHER OUR MISSION. THANK YOU!

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