The first Lakeside Depot was in
use from 1889 to 1928. At the height of Lakeside's boom era, as many as
8 trains stopped at this depot on Laurel St.
NEW LOOK FOR OLD LAKESIDE
Back Country Trader staff writer
Believe it or not -
does have its own train depot.
No railroad tracks, train
whistles, or waiting passengers can be found at the depot. About the
only thing you can find there now is the office of Mesa Construction
Inc. They recently bought, renovated and moved into the old depot.
The original stucco
building was covered with fresh wood siding. Only four carved plaster
faces are left on the building's corners. The faces, with elegant curls
and Roman-like headdress are the last remains of the busy days of the
of Mesa Construction Inc, said the faces will be restored by an artist.
"I'm just tickled about the faces and I'm also going to use them on
the business stationery,"
1889, the tracks of the San Diego, Cuyamaca and Eastern Railway reached
Lakeside. Later the governor of California, R. W. Waterman, the major
financier of the railroad, extended the tracks from Lakeside to Foster
Station, three miles north of Lakeside near the present day San Vicente
Lakeside resident since 1908, Hale Whitaker, said the present depot
building is the second the railroad built in Lakeside. “Lakeside was
pretty proud of the depot because it was one of the best on the railroad
lines. The rest were all old wooden buildings and this one was a fancy
stucco depot.” Whitaker said. Later, the 1916 flood destroyed the
bridge and tracks to the Foster Station and the Lakeside depot was
turned from the north-west to its present direction facing Laurel
depot was kept busy with passengers arriving from about 10 trains per
day. People would come from Julian and Descanso and leave their horses
in Lakeside while they rode the train to
train reached Lakeside via tracks that ran north of Riverford Road and
crossed what is now Highway 67 to Laurel
Street. The trains unloaded freight at a warehouse across the tracks
from the depot and then headed back to San
unloaded the first automobile in Lakeside at the warehouse platform. The
folks lived near El
Monte Road," Whitaker said.
the 1930's the tracks that connected the Lakeside and Santee depots were
destroyed and the depot was converted to a private residence.
original stucco building was covered with fresh wood siding. Only four
carved plaster faces (above) are left on the building's corners.
The second, and last, Depot was
in use from 1912 to 1928. The new Lakeside Depot's stucco building had a
mission style appearance. The head carvings were a gift to the town from
to Railroad -