The Santa Fe Kite Route Patton Depot on Highland Avenue, just west of Patton State Hospital was recently demolished for safety reasons after it was found to be structurally unsound.
According to San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, which owns the building and property, demolition of the building began on Monday, Dec. 14, after the city of San Bernardino issued a demolition permit. Demolition work is expected to continue through the middle of January.
The Moorish brick train station, opened by Santa Fe Railroad in 1898 as part of the historic Kite Route, connected several San Bernardino Valley towns and Los Angeles area cities with passenger and freight service.
The route formed the shape of a kite, or a figure “8,” creating scenic round trips with “no scene twice seen,” as was the route’s motto.
The Patton Depot closed its ticket agency in 1938.
Prior to demolition, San Manuel took steps to document the building, and this documentation will be shared with the San Bernardino Historical Society.
San Manuel reported that it does not have any plans for construction on the parcel.