The La Mesa Depot Museum is La Mesa's oldest building in its original form and is the sole surviving San Diego and Cuyamaca Railway Station in existence.
What should you bring: Money for dinner afterwards, camera, & jacket.
Features: 1915 Train Depot; Steam Locomotive and Freight Cars.
History: Train service first arrived in La Mesa in 1889. The La Mesa Depot was built in 1894 and then expanded in 1915. The train depot was restored to its 1915 heritage by the Pacific Southwest Railway Association.
Museum: Provides train enthusiasts & other visitors an easy way to glimpse into the history of trains, which dramatically expanded the ability to move people & equipment across the country to settle & develop the West Coast.
Inside the Museum, you will see an antique telegraph operation and a small exhibit area.
Outside the Museum, you will get to check out a 1923 Steam Locomotive, known as the Mojave Northern, as well as a number of freight cars.
It just might be fun to buy a one day pass from any Trolley spot to then catch the Orange Trolley Line to the La Mesa Trolley Station, which is just over a block away from the Museum.
(See San Diego Transit Information http://www.sdmts.com/trolley/trolley.asp for access to the Trolley Maps and the online Transit Planner.)