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Just outside of town on Washburn Road along the Cedar Valley Nature Trail sits a brick building that holds treasures from a time when Waterloo and its surrounding towns thrived as a “railroad town.”

The Gilbertville Depot, built between 1912 and 1915, housed the Waterloo Cedar Falls & Northern Railway, which was one of four railroads that ran through town.

“Waterloo was kind of a railroad town, but it’s largely forgotten,” said Dick Dewater, president of the Friends of the Gilbertville Depot nonprofit organization.

Dewater and a loyal group of volunteers brought back memories from the time with a full-size railroad track and signal display outside the building at 6801 E. Washburn Road complete with railroad ties from the 1924, semaphores and track switches.

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