Construction and Early Years: The Bartow Train Depot was built in 1888 by the South Florida Railroad Company, which was later acquired by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. The depot served as a transportation hub for the region and played a significant role in the development of Bartow and surrounding areas. Source: ChatGTP (not reliable)
Personal Note: We could not locate the station and the address sent us to Sonny's BBQ. After reading more of the history, we realized that the depot had a mural (the only one existing) INSIDE Sonny's. So after taking photos outside, I walked around to the service area and entered (politely0 the kitchen. I was stopped by a worker who quickly went to get the owner. Very nice lady, and after some chit-chat allowed me inside the closed dining area to photograph the mural, seating and menu!