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Location DB > United States > Texas > Dallas > The Freight Depot
The Freight Depot
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created by Explorer Zero on 2/27/2006 4:22 AM
last modified by Explorer Zero on 10/18/2014 12:54 PM
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A medium sized truck to rail freight terminal consisting of two large steel frame and masonry warehouses with depot, loading docks, rail spurs and office on 26 acres near downtown Dallas.

This property is also adjacent to not one but two jails! A Dallas County detention center is located on the north side and just across the tracks to the south is the Lew Sterret Justice Center which is the main Dallas city lock up.

Active L.E. patrols around both facilities and prisoner transfers take place around the clock.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: - select -
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information
505 N Industrial
Dallas, Texas
United States
Owner: UPDATE: Waterfront Towers LP
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  •  Hazards
  • vagrants, hobos, bums, winos, prison escapees, and I didnt see any but probably some knife wielding maniacs
  •  Interesting Features
    Its large, its out of sight and out of mind. A great place to prowl around.

    Also a really nice view of downtown and the nightly prisoner transfers form the jail next door.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • locked gates
  •  Historical Dates
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    Closed: 0
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    This used to be a Union Pacific rail-to-truck freight inter-modal distribution station. That pretty much tells you what went on here. They transferred stuff from trucks to trains and more stuff from trains to trucks.

    The rail part hasnt been active for quite sometime but there has been truck transfer activity going on here as recently as February 2006 i.e. transferring stuff from trucks to other trucks.

    The Missouri Pacific Railway owned it for a while then the Union Pacific Railroad wound up with it. See updates, it looks like a development partnership owns it now.

    Looks like there was some partial initial demolition to the front office but nothing too ambitious just enough to make it look like somebody was doing something with it.

    UPDATE: Dallas Planning Commission mentioned the terminal while discussing a possible revitalization plan for this industrial area. (maybe they could convert it to another jail)

    UPDATE: 2007 its been demolished, nothing to see here now. Wonder who got the rest of the development plan money?

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     Future Plans
    Just about anytime a building in Dallas goes derelict, some city politician demands more money to "revitalize" it, as if it was ever vital to begin with. Once they get the funds they just bulldoze the place at a cut-rate price and somebody gets to keep the change. The contractor might even kick back some of that money to the politician(s) that awarded them the demolition contract.

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    Midnite Express
    Mon, Feb 27th, 2006
    posted by Explorer Zero
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Mike Dijital on 10/21/2014 11:24 PM.

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  • on Oct 21 14 at 23:24, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Oct 18 14 at 12:54, Explorer Zero changed the following: History
  • on Oct 18 14 at 12:51, Explorer Zero reordered images in gallery Midnite Express
  • on Oct 18 14 at 12:50, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Office space
  • on Oct 18 14 at 12:49, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture The Midnight Express
  • on Oct 18 14 at 12:48, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Mo' cops
  • on Oct 18 14 at 12:46, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Cop shot
  • on Oct 18 14 at 12:45, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture The Big D Reunion Tower
  • on Oct 18 14 at 12:45, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Lew's Place
  • on Oct 18 14 at 12:45, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Frank's Place
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