The La Mesa Depot Museum is La Mesa, California’s oldest building in its original form and is the sole surviving San Diego and Cuyamaca Railway Station in existence. The building you see today on the corner of Spring Street and La Mesa Boulevard in downtown La Mesa has a colorful history.
It was in 1888 that the railway came to La Mesa Springs and in 1894 the original station in La Mesa was constructed, its first name being the Allison Station. In 1915, the small original building was moved across the tracks and expanded to its current size.
The public is admitted free to the La Mesa Depot Museum for tours. Visitors can inspect the steam locomotive and string of freight cars on the nearby track and pass through the ticket/waiting area and view the telegrapher’s station and a small exhibit area in the baggage room. For La Mesa Depot Hours, please visit our Museum Hours page. This building and its past are a fascinating look at a bit of small-town railroading from yesteryear and its importance to the community it served.
The La Mesa Depot is operated by Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association, Inc. The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum is a railroad museum located in Campo, California, on the San Diego & Arizona Eastern Railway line. The museum also owns and manages a railroad depot located in La Mesa.
Visit La Mesa Depot Museum
4695 Nebo Drive
La Mesa, CA 91941
Tuesday, Thursday Noon - 3 p.m.
Saturday 1 - 4 p.m.
4695 Nebo Dr, La Mesa, CA 91941