Missouri Town Gets Federal Grant to Renovate Station as Step Toward Establishing Amtrak Stop

A former Missouri Pacific station in Southeast Missouri may become a new stop for Amtrak’s Texas Eagle.

The Missouri Department of Transportation has received a $100,000 federal grant that will be used to renovate the station in Arcadia.

MissouriNo time frame for completion of the work has been announced nor is it clear yet if Amtrak has approved stopping its Chicago-San Antonio train in Arcadia, which is a city of nearly 600 in Iron County.

The city also is the home of Arcadia College and is located in a region that was once a major mining area.

The Iron County Economic Partnership has put up some matching funds for the station renovation project.

“I think this is going to have a very, very good outcome for Iron County — I really do — from a tourism standpoint,” said Iron County Presiding Commissioner Jim Scaggs. “I don’t think we could ask for anything more. Our hope is that if we can get people to stop in the downtown area and we can show them what we have to offer, they’ll come back — and that was the whole idea of the Amtrak train stop.”

Currently, the only Southeast Missouri stop for the Texas Eagle is in Poplar Bluff.

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