A Forgotten Depot at Matson Switch

Taking the road from Union City, Tennessee to Hickman, Kentucky, I had no sooner crossed into Kentucky when I saw something rather incongruous- a railroad depot sticking up out of the middle of a field. Of course, there had once been a railroad paralleling the route to Hickman, but I still hadn’t expected to see an old depot still standing, and I had to turn around and grab a look. According to the sign on the depot, the place (for it really was too small to be considered a town) was called Matson Switch, and there was a former store on the opposite side of the highway from the depot. Clearly, someone at some point had tried to turn the depot into something of a tourist welcome center, and a picnic table had been set up near it, but even the table was overgrown with weeds. Matson Switch seems to have been abandoned twice.

One Reply to “A Forgotten Depot at Matson Switch”

  1. I was born in hickman grew up in Michigan , I have always wanted to know about that little corner of Kentucky

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