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Santa Barbara, Calif., depot, 1972.

Film slide showing the historic Southern Pacific Railroad depot in Santa Barbara, Calif.; image dates to July 1972.

Santa Barbara, Calif., depot, 1972.

When Amtrak took over operation of the nation's intercity passenger rail system on May 1, 1971, it simply did not have the time or resources to completely re-brand all passenger facilities - thus the use of the temporary Amtrak banner over the main entrance to the Santa Barbara depot. According to an Amtrak press release from April 19, 1971, "Key functional areas in terminal buildings will be given an integrated look so that passengers can quickly identify AMTRAK ticket counters, information booths, arrival and departure boards..."

The Santa Barbara depot was constructed in the Spanish Mission Revival style in 1902 for the Southern Pacific Railroad. During a 2000 rehabilitation project, the ticket office was returned to its original grandeur; plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling systems updated, and seating areas restored.

Photographer: Unknown for Amtrak. From the Amtrak Corporate Collection.