The original Carlsbad Train Depot (The Santa Fe Train Depot) is a fascinating building in the heart of town, just north of Carlsbad Village Drive west of State Street. The Victorian-style building (my interpretation, not a historical one) was built in the 1880s and for many years was the stopping point along the train line running north and south along the coast. A period of dormancy followed before the current Carlsbad Train Station (actually one of two) was built in the 1960s. There are some old photos of the original Carlsbad Hotel that burned many years ago, among other memorabilia.
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The Carlsbad Visitors Center is based in the old Train Depot at 400 Carlsbad Village Drive along the train tracks (still use for freight trains, Amtrak and the Coaster [commuter rail]) and is a wealth of information for residents and visitors alike. There are dozens and dozens of brochures and pamphlets of things to do, tourist attractions, dining, shopping and anything else you want to know about the area from Oceanside all the way to San Diego. They have copies of local newspapers and booklets for apartment hunters and senior care services.
The Visitors Center is also a terrific source of free information for me to use with folks who are relocating. The building is a neat bit of history as it is one of only a few pre-1900s train depots remaining in the country today. Worth a visit for that reason alone.
You can purchase tickets at the museum or call (760) 632-9711.
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