One of Cincinnati’s most iconic landmarks will now be immortalized in miniature form. Union Terminal, the Art Deco train station that now also houses the Cincinnati Museum Center, will be included in the new Railroad Stations stamp series, says the U.S. Postal Service.
“Noteworthy railroad stations began brightening the American landscape by the 1870s. This issuance features five architectural gems that continue to play an important role in their communities,” USPS said in a press release. “Just as the railroad represents progress and movement, railroad stations hold stories of industry and commerce, of migration and hope for the future, of reunions and goodbyes. They are gateways and crossroads where lives meet.”
USPS is unveiling the stamps, which also feature Tamaqua Station in Pennsylvania; Point of Rocks Station in Maryland; Main Street Station in Richmond, Virginia and Santa Fe Station in San Bernardino, California, on Thursday, March 9. A special ceremony will be held at Union Terminal at 11 a.m. to showcase their stamp.
The ceremony is free and open to the public, but guests are encouraged to RSVP. Hamilton County Commission President Alicia Reece, Cincinnati Museum Center President and CEO Elizabeth Pierce and former Local 12 anchor John Lomax, among other guests, will be in attendance.
USPS says they have printed 30 million Railroad Station stamps, and all the stations featured are listed in the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Register of Historic Places.
Construction on Union Terminal began in 1929 and was completed in 1933. At the time, it was designed to accommodate 17,000 passengers and 216 trains a day, according to the museum’s website. Passenger train service at the station stopped in 1972 but restarted in 1991 after Amtrak began operations there.
You can buy the Railroad Station stamps through the Postal Store or at any post office.
Union Terminal, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. More information: cincymuseum.org.
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