Dawson Depot

Dawson Depot Restored
Dawson Depot Restored
Before Restoration
Old Dawson Depot

Dawson Depot, built in 1889, is one of the few surviving Milwaukee Depots possessing almost all of its original integrity. Located directly on the old rail line, the depot is now restored and repurposed as a trail head for the 89 mile paved Raccoon River Valley Trail. The former waiting room area is now a restroom and rest area. Interpretive displays are located in the former baggage room.


Dawson Depot
307 Railroad Avenue
Dawson, IA 50066

Redfield Depot is located north of Highway 141, at the intersection of County Road P-46/D Avenue and Railroad Avenue.


• Bike repair station
• Information kiosk
• Modern restrooms
• Water source
• Indoor rest area
• Outdoor picnic tables with open shelter
• Historical displays

Operating Hours & Seasons

In May-October, Dawson Depot hours are 8:00am-10:00pm daily. Restrooms are open.


In November-April, Dawson Depot is closed.

Dallas County Conservation Board
14581 K Ave. 
Perry, Iowa 50220 
Phone: 515-465-3577
Office Hours: M-F 8:00am - 4:30pm

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