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Keokuk Union Depot restoration group looking for donations

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KEOKUK, Ia. (WGEM) -

More than a decade ago, the Keokuk Union Depot was a hub for rail passenger traffic.

Workers are now trying to renovate and preserve the historic building dating back to 1891.  

The city of Keokuk purchased the depot over a year ago as a way to redevelop the Mississippi Riverfront area. 

"We're still working on windows, believe it or not. Some of them we've had to rebuild the framework and some of the sash on the windows and we'll work on that through the winter and through next spring," said Steve Celania, VP of the Keokuk Union Depot Commission.

Organizers say they're raising money from donations and grants and they have a big fundraising campaign planned for next year, which will give a jump in the renovations.

"There's a group of workers who are working here every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday morning so it's an ongoing process. We've had many people say 'when is the depot going to be finished', hopefully it will be finished in my lifetime. It's just a never ending story," Debbie Marion, President of the Keokuk Union Depot Commission, said.

 As far as an opening date for the depot, Marion says they have no official date. It is already open for public use for events.

You can track the progress of the renovations by clicking http://keokukuniondepot.org/. As well as get information on how to donate to the project.

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