Few may know it, but Roxborough is home to one of the United States' hidden gems. Shawmont Station, located neat Nixon Street and Shawmont Avenue, is the nation's oldest passenger train station.
Historian John Johnstone produced a four-minute documentary that tells the train station's story and its integral pary in railroad history. Though the station's importance is known, what to do with it remains an open question.
Owned by SEPTA, the building no longer has an official capacity, and it is rented to a tenant. Regional rail trains on the Manayunk/Norristown line pass it by every day, but no stop exists.
In the video, Johnstone beseeches residents to writer letters to the state to save the station. That info is below.
Commonweath of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Bureau for Historic Preservation
Commonwealth Keystone Building, 2nd Floor
400 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0093
Check back with Patch later this week for more information on Johnstone and Shawmont Station.