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The first Rock Island depot in Alma, Kansas, seen here, was constructed in 1887, and it burned to the ground at 2:10 am on August 31, 1900. Over 5,000 visitors came to Alma the day previous to attend the Modern Woodmen Log Rolling event, which was followed by a large fireworks display. Two hours after the festivities ended, the depot burned. The depot which replaced this one burned to the ground only five months later on February 1, 1901.

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