Carlsbad Convention and Visitors Bureau - A Source of Information in Carlsbad Village

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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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Carlsbad Visitors Bureau in the old train depot in Carlsbad, CA - Jeff Dowler

Carlsbad Visitors Bureau in the old train depot in Carlsbad, CA - Jeff DowlerThe 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.

You can download their Visitors Guide off the Carlsbad Convention and Visitors Bureau website. 

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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The Trumm Team Omaha Homes for Sale, Real Estate
Keller Williams Greater Omaha - Omaha, NE

What a nest, nostalgic building.

May 10, 2009 03:54 AM #1
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
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What a beautiful train station; it has a style all of it's own. I actually look for train stations when I go through towns. Not the new stations, but the old nostalgic ones. There is a real beauty and history to them.

May 10, 2009 04:43 AM #2
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

What a jewel.

I doubt if many youngsters will appreciate the symbalism of the train station.  Us old timers recall traveling by train and the respite of the train stations.

Many of our old train stations are commuter stations now. 


May 10, 2009 05:19 AM #3
Kristal Kraft
The Berkshire Group Realtors - Denver, CO
Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022

I love old train stations.  It must be the positive aura that surrounds them for all the hello's and goodbyes taken place.


May 10, 2009 05:21 AM #4
William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE

Hi Jeff, This is really nostalgic. You must be very proud of the fact that as a blogger, you have gotten out there and learned the significance of so much in and around Carlsbad and the whole county. As you write about San Diego , its history and the many buildings , sites, parks and the cultural influences , it must even amaze you at how much you have learned and the depth of it as well as the quick speak. Then being able to share, it far exceeds most of the individual efforts or organizational efforts that are usually centered about just one place or site. Pretty amazing isn't it. 

Being Mother's Day today,  I wrote an article on the History of Mother's Day. I doubt if I weren't blogging, I would have ever taken the time to learn about it and when it is all done at the end of the day, we have done good things Jeff.

May 10, 2009 11:13 AM #5
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff I love these old train depots, in fact one of the Realtors that I call on and who is also a member of AR, Valerie Osterhoudt's Real Estate Office is one of these old train depots that they converted into their office.

May 10, 2009 12:42 PM #6
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

I do enjoy all the history of an area. Information like this does make where you live special. Thanks for sharing.

May 10, 2009 01:49 PM #7
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Love the train station, and all your localism posts.

May 10, 2009 01:53 PM #8
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Thanks for the great comments and compliments. This is such a neat building and fun to explore. I learned so much just by a short visit, and of course picked up terrific information about the area. So glad places like this have been preserved, here and elsewhere.


May 11, 2009 02:10 AM #9
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