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Season 2, Episode 2: Myrtle Beach Train Depot

In Myrtle Beach, SC, a place known for its beaches and bars, Frank takes a different track to find the jewel of the city…The Myrtle Beach Train Depot.

Frank's Thoughts

When choosing topics, I do a lot of research ahead of time. I spend time searching for the history or the people that interests me. That grabs me. In preparing for the trip to the Carolinas, I was a bit nonplussed by the lack of historical sites in Myrtle Beach. Especially with reading about the history. I was starting to give up hope when I happened upon this small building off the beaten path. Something about it intrigued not only me, but the crew. We hear about buildings dying all the time due to the lack of community support, or funds to save the building. We were interested in seeing what made this historic building a success.

Going and seeing the depot, then hearing its story from City Planner Kelly Mezzapelle and local historian/photographer Jack Thompson showed me that history at risk can actually be saved! (Sorry folks, for tossing in the titular line there.) It was an object lesson in how one person can stir a community to say, “we’re not going to let you tear down our history.” It was truly inspiring.

Of course, I would say everyone should watch every episode of History at Risk, but seriously, if you’re interested in saving historical sites and need a jumping off point, or at least to see a success story to restore faith that these buildings can be saved, this episode will do that for you.

Related links

  • Myrtle Beach Train Depot on Facebook
  • Myrtle Beach Train Depot on Wikipedia
  • YouTube video with earlier Kelly Mezzapelle interview about the Train Depot
  • Watch the full interview with Kelly Mezzapelle and Jack Thompson
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