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Savage depot before being moved to ShakopeeThe Savage and Shakopee depots were closed in 1970 when a new depot was built between the two cities. Murphys Landing records indicate when depots are closed they are typically sold or demolished. Murphys purchased the Savage Depot and moved it their site in Shakopee in 1973.

Three Rivers Park District took over ownership of Murphys Landing in early 2000, they set out to evaluate all of the structures. The Dan Patch Historical Society sent a letter stating if there ever was a possibility that they no longer wanted the Savage depot, they would be interested.

On March 8, 2005 the Savage City Council hired a consultant to develop a site plan for the public square that could possibly be a site for the depot. City staff evaluated the depot and determined that it would roughly cost $130,000 to move and renovate the building for year around occupancy.

The Dan Patch Historical Society at their meeting of March 16, 2005 agreed to raise the funds to move it to a location in Savage and to remove the foundation at Murphy's Landing and restore the land to its original state.

The Society would also facilitate getting volunteers, contributions and possibly a general contractor. A slogan of BRING THE DEPOT HOME was proposed.

At the April 18, 2005 city council meeting a presentation on the concept plan to upgrade the town square which included the depot. The council approved an RFP process to solicit engineering services to complete final plans and specifications. (see Savage Pacer article, April 23, 2005). The council also passed a motion supporting the Dan Patch Historical Society's efforts to move the depot back to the city.

Bring back the depot 2005After the removal of the roof, the main structure of the depot was returned to Savage.
Bring back the depot 2005A view of the depot as it awaits the return of its roof.
Savage DepotSavage Depot after its return from Murphy's Landing in Shakopee to Savage, at the site of the Dan Patch Liquor Store.
Savage DepotSavage Depot being moved to Murphy's Landing Shakopee.
Savage Depot 2017This image from Google map shows the location of the "returned and restored depot". This was the location of the Dan Patch Liquor Store and Lounge.
Dan Patch Lounge and Liquor Store was at site of the restored depot.The Dan Patch Bar and Lounge (and liquor store) stood where the returned historic Savage Depot was placed. The original location of the Depot was the other side of Highway 13.
Historic Savage Depot2021 the Historic Savage Depot is home of Casa Deli. Photo Jack Kennelly.
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