Tunnel Depot

Jenny Walker's avatar Jenny Walker

The Grand Trunk Western Railroad Depot was build in 1891 at the same times as the first international full size tunnel was build, connecting Port Huron to Sarnia , Ontario.; the tunnel ran under the St Clair River . The depot opened its doors in 1892 to the public, it was dubbed “Tunnel Depot”, and it sat on 22nd Street near the tunnel entrance. The depot experienced fires in 1893 and 1908 which destroyed much of the interior, but each time it was rebuilt. It was later renovated in the 1940’s, where most of the ornate details were removed or painted over. For 80 years passenger trains ran between Port Huron, Detroit, Flint, Chicago and Sarnia, Ontario, serving customers until May 1971, when the last passenger car left the station and the building was left to the ravages of mother nature. In 1975 local investors tried to buy the depot with the dream of turning it into a restaurant; but Grand Trunk officials rejected their offer and tore down this historical building. Although the depot was long gone before I came to Port Huron, I still was inspired to painted it. Combining a vintage black and white photo of the depot, taken in 1910; the remnants of the brick at the former building site; and and some historical research, I used artistic imagination to recreate the Grand Trunk Depot in its hay day. It took 6 months to paint, while doing so I lived the dream of stepping back in time and imagining what it might have been like, from the tall hanging electrical wires to the steam belching out of the engines as they came into the depot and most of all I wanted the viewer to see the hustle and bustle of the passengers getting ready for travel. I hope I have accomplished my dream so when the viewer looks at this painting they will feel as much a part of it as I did creating it . Jenny Walker Artist

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: Oils
  • Width: 7 feet 6 inches
  • Year created: 2011
  • Height: 4 feet 6 inches