Durant Historic Preservation Commission
List of Sponsors  --  We Say Thank You
  Depot Restoration    
Sponsors - 2012
Bank Plus
Betty Bankhead
Nancy Williams Black
Dot Blanton
Billy Boyles
Ed 'Bo' Brown
Betty L. Brown
Charlie May Campbell
CN Railway
Sharron Cauthen
Joe & Elizabeth Collins
Tasha Davis
Dr. Larry Day
Betty Hathcock Edwards
Durant Building Supply
Durant Board of Aldermen
Dr. Sylvia Gist
Jim and Raeanne Haffey
David & Christy Hudson
Elizabeth Ann Harrell
Suzie Haynes
Theo Haynes & MDOT Crew
Howell and Heggie
Amos Hightower
Hunter Engineering
Charlie W. Irby
Mayor Robert Johnson
Lexington Building Supply
Mary Cresswell Luke
W. R. & Sara Martin
Dale & Jan McBride
Linda McDonald
Elinor Johnson McKee
Hugh Carl & Mildred McLellan
Merchants & Farmers Bank
Alice Paquet
Robertson Insurance
S V Marshall Class 1962
Ruby Seawood
Dennis Smothers
Mamie Carroll Stafford
Gerald & Shirley Strickland
Geraldene Sturgis
Mr. & Mrs. William Terry
Jody Thornton
Douglas & Frances Ward
David Williamson
Lined up at the Durant Depot -  Mrs. Dot Blanton and her kindergarten class
get ready for a train trip.  From left to right:  Gil Potts and Beth Ward, (guests),
Midge Cagle, Scott Binegar, Kathleen Powell (guest), Gary Booker, Karen
Killebrew, Chris Rucker, Lee Burrell, Teresa Pritchard, Barry McBride, Stacy
King, Bob Blanton, Leigh Potts, and Beth Blanton (guest).  Aboard with the
children are Margaret McGeehee at left, and Mrs. Blanton at right.
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OCTOBERFEST  -  Scene from 2011 event at Durant Depot, artwork by Sarah Rick of Sallis, MS.  This year on
October 6, 2012, the Durant Historic Preservation Commission opened the baggage room of the depot for a Flea
Market Benefit Sale for our Depot Restoration Fund.  We had a successful sale and much fun was had by all.  One of
our most popular items was the Durant Depot Souvenir Cup.  See more photos below.

  CN Railway of Jackson presented the
Durant Historical Preservation
Commission a $2,000 gift for their
efforts to restore the Durant Depot.
Pictured, from left, for the donation
are: state Senator David Jordan,
Charlie May Campbell, State
Representative Bryant Clark, Durant
Mayor Robert Johnson, CN presenter
Steve Browning, State Representative
Jason White, Geraldene Sturgis,
Charlie Irby, and Sharron Cauthen.
Durant HPC welcomed Vicki Myers of Miss. Dept. of Archives and History for
an orientation session in preparation for a Certified Local Government
Grant, which is currently underway for stabilization of the Durant Depot.  
From Left, Sharron Cauthen, Charlie Irby, Vicki Myers, Mayor Robert
Johnson, Amos Hightower, Tasha Davis, Linda McDonald, Dot Blanton, and
seated, Charlie May Campbell and Betty Bankhead.  
Durant Depot, West Side at breezeway - The
large door in this photo enters the north baggage
room, used by the railroad, smaller than the
Express Storage Room in the south building.
At Octoberfest, DHPC opened both baggage room
doors for a second walk-thru, where we held a flea
market sale, everything for a dollar.  The other
doors here are the CN crew office at the left, and
the baggage clerk's storage and office in the
center, covered with plywood.  The baggage suite
has three large compartments and a small
vestibule on the east side next to the tracks.

Durant Depot, at right. Here are the two
rooms south of the breezeway in Express
Service territory.  The first window is on the
west side of the Express Clerk's office, a
narrow room with a long row of windows
looking into the large Express Storage
Room.  This freight area has large loading
doors on both the east and west sides.  
Just past this ground-level freight door, a
ramp rises to the warehouse platform for
transfer of cargo from rail cars on the
house track, which runs along the west side
of the depot.  
Durant Depot - East side view -  In 2009 CN Railway brought some of their workers to
help the city crew clean up the depot lot.  That was the first work-day of many that have
followed, as Durant Historic Preservation Commission begins the stabilization and
restoration process.  Our first roof repair was made in 2012 on the north side of the east
Spanish Gable in this photo.  Some tiles were replaced and the decking rebuilt to
reinforce this weak spot between the chimney and the gable.  Other places in the roof
need extensive repairs, and DHPC hopes to find funding to move forward with this work.  
Architect Brenda Stewart of Eupora is assisting the Commission with a preliminary plan.