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Updated: 04/16/2014 08:00:00AM

All aboard for Venice History

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SUN PHOTO BY KIM COOL

The restored Vednice Train Depot serves as a transfer station for Sarasota County Area Transit, a stop along Legacy Trail and a venue for the Venice Historical Society which gives docent-led tours of the depot.

SUN PHOTO BY KIM COOL

The historic train depot in Venice was completed in 1927.

SUN PHOTO BY KIM COOL

The red caboose was donated to Sarasota County by CSX Transportation Inc. and was restored by the county.

SUN PHOTO BY KIM COOL

Statue off Gunther Gebel-Williams by Ed Kasprowicz of Apollo Beach was proposed by Venice Gonodlier Sun editor Doug Bolduc shortly after the death of the famed circus star in 2001. A committe selected teh artists from several applicants and the completed statue was dedicated in 2005 for display at Rollins Coakley Park.

By KIM COOL

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That Venice is well-known around the country owes much to the Venice Train Depot and its primary uses until the 1990s when trains ceased to come to Venice.

When completed in 1927, the depot served as the destination for potential home buyers lured by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, the union promoting Venice as a special place to visit and as a retirement community planned by the famed Harvard-trained city planner John Nolen. It also brought building supplies, food and other goods to the growing city.

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