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About the Park

Iron Horse Square will be a five acre area in downtown Mineola that celebrates the railroad heritage of our city.

Situated between Front and Commerce Streets and alongside the Union Pacific Railroad tracks the park is a joint effort between the Landmark Commission, the Parks & Open Spaces Board, the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Mineola.

Iron Horse Square will provide a historically rich venue for local recreation, family activities, concerts, and cultural events.

Several of the outstanding features of the park will be:

1) A pedestrian footbridge over the Union Pacific Railroad connecting Commerce Street parking with the Union Depot and the Park area.

This pedestrian bridge will not only provide a safe footpath connecting the north & south sides of town but will serve as a “cultural union” for
our town as well.

2) A walking/jogging path around the perimeter of the park with historical signage depicting Mineola’s beginning due to the railroads which established her.

3) A small train which will seat up to 36 children and adults will be running inside the walking path and alongside the original MKT (Katy) corridor. The train’s conductor will be telling the story of the establishment of Mineola as the patrons get a taste of “riding the Katy rails”.

These are only 3 of the features of our park. The other features are discussed below, but are all equally as historical and wonderful as the 3 already mentioned. Please read on………

Mission Statement

Iron Horse Square’s mission is to celebrate the railroad heritage of the city of Mineola by stimulating cultural, economic and social activity within and around the park.

Goals

  • Connect the park with the downtown area via a pedestrian bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad.
  • Construct a ½ mile walking path with historical railroad signage along the path.
  • Construct a 15” gauge railroad track with a 36 passenger train inside of the walking path. (accomplished)
  • Erect replicas of the M&KT Interlocking Tower built in 1887.
  • Place a model train layout of 1930’s Mineola & her railroads in the spare room of the depot for use during educational tours of the depot museum and park. (accomplished)
  • Purchase a Railroad Business or Lounge Car to place in the park to be used for a museum. The car will also be open for public viewing and small group meetings.
  • Host music, arts, and historical venues throughout the year.