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Savage Depot relocation is in the works Savage Pacer, April 2, 2005 reports: Relocating the Savage Depot in the city isn't going easy, but the Dan Patch Historical Society is stepping forward to make sure it happens.

A study done by the city shows it will cost between $10,000 - $25,000 to move the depot from Murphy's Landing in Shakopee to Savage and approximately $100,000 more to renovate it and bring it up to code...
Savage depot is readied to make the careful trip home 2006These two newspaper clippings show the Savage Depot preparing to make its way home from Murphy's Landing to the Town Square Parking lot.
Depot restoration brings back memories 2007June 2, 2007 Savage Pacer:

Will Williams, Nancy Allen, John McCarthy and John Oster all have family ties to the restored Savage depot and today they shared their stories.
Opening nears for the Depot 2007The Burnsville Thisweek News March 17, 2007 reports: Renovation is almost complete, website launched and the grand opening of the coffee shop in the Historic Savage Depot is a few months off...
Savage Depot 2009Information piece for the Savage Depot re-opening as a bistro in 2009.
Bring back the depot 2005A successful effort begins to return the Savage Depot home after being moved to Murphy's Landing near Shakopee.
Bring back the depot 2005A front view of the Savage Depot while at Murphy's Landing near Shakopee. This station has been moved twice from its original location. In 1973 it was moved to Murphy's Landing in Shakopee and then it was moved back to Savage in 2006. The book "The Chicago And Northwestern In Minnesota" (Luecke, 1990) claims this station was built in 1883.
Bring back the depot 2005A campaign is undertaken to return the Savage Depot to its home after being moved to Murphy's Landing near Shakopee.
Savage Depot returns homeThe Savage Depot being returned to Savage from Shakopee.
Savage Depot returns homeThe return of the depot to Savage is complete.
Bring back the depot 2005In order to return the depot to Savage the roof needed to be raised and the placed on the building when back in downtown Savage.
Savage's historic depot gathers a new kind of steam 2007July 25, 2007 Minneapolis Star Tribune features Annette Grant who in 2007 was running the Savage Depot as a Coffee shop. She was also a teacher at Marion Savage School.
Savage DepotA series of photos shot during the return of the Depot to Savage from the Landing in Shakopee.
Savage depot before being moved to ShakopeeThe Savage and Shakopee depots were closed in 1970 when a new depot was built between the two cities. Murphys Landing records indicate when depots are closed they are typically sold or demolished. Murphys purchased the Savage Depot and moved it their site in Shakopee in 1973.

Three Rivers Park District took over ownership of Murphys Landing in early 2000, they set out to evaluate all of the structures. The Dan Patch Historical Society sent a letter stating if there ever was a possibility that they no longer wanted the Savage depot, they would be interested.

On March 8, 2005 the Savage City Council hired a consultant to develop a site plan for the public square that could possibly be a site for the depot. City staff evaluated the depot and determined that it would roughly cost $130,000 to move and renovate the building for year around occupancy.

The Dan Patch Historical Society at their meeting of March 16, 2005 agreed to raise the funds to move it to a location in Savage and to remove the foundation at Murphy's Landing and restore the land to its original state.

The Society would also facilitate getting volunteers, contributions and possibly a general contractor. A slogan of BRING THE DEPOT HOME was proposed.

At the April 18, 2005 city council meeting a presentation on the concept plan to upgrade the town square which included the depot. The council approved an RFP process to solicit engineering services to complete final plans and specifications. (see Savage Pacer article, April 23, 2005). The council also passed a motion supporting the Dan Patch Historical Society's efforts to move the depot back to the city.

Bring back the depot 2005After the removal of the roof, the main structure of the depot was returned to Savage.
Bring back the depot 2005A view of the depot as it awaits the return of its roof.
Savage Depot 2017This image from Google map shows the location of the "returned and restored depot". This was the location of the Dan Patch Liquor Store and Lounge.
Dan Patch Lounge and Liquor Store was at site of the restored depot.The Dan Patch Bar and Lounge (and liquor store) stood where the returned historic Savage Depot was placed. The original location of the Depot was the other side of Highway 13.
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