Keokuk Union Depot — Rental and Events

The Depot is a popular venue for public events such as concerts, art festivals, or book signings as well as private events including weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, showers, anniversaries, class reunions, and group or business meetings.

The building is usable year-round. The waiting room is equipped with heat, air conditioning, and rest rooms. Further improvements are planned as resources become available.

Wedding Reception Setup, 2013
The Depot waiting room set up for a wedding rehearsal
dinner in July 2014. Photo by Richard Leonard

Keokuk Arts Festival, June 2017
The Depot hosted the Keokuk Arts Festival in June 2017.
Photo by Richard Leonard

Anniversary Celebration, September 2015
Attendees enjoy an anniversary celebration at the
Depot in September 2015. Photo by D. Ewing

Depot's Rand Park DIsplay, December 2015
The Depot's entry in Keokuk's "City of Christmas" light display
at Rand Park, December 2015. Photo by Janet M. Smith

Quester Auction, September 2013
An auction sponsored by the Questers on September 21, 2013
netted more than $8200 toward the work of preserving
the Depot. Photo by Richard Leonard

Model Train Layout, 2013
Depot Foundation director Richard Leonard, in conductor's costume,
demonstrates his HO gauge model train to young visitors during the
Keokuk "Power 100" celebration, June 2013. Photo by Sandra Seabold

Pictured on this page are some of the events the Depot has hosted during the past several years. A schedule of recent and forthcoming events at the Depot appears at the bottom of this page. Rental receipts help to support the ongoing work of restoring this historic structure and adapting it to better serve the community.

Rent the Depot for Your Event!

Click here to view the Depot Rental Agreement
that contains the information you need
to reserve the Depot for your activity.
(PDF file opens in a separate window.)

Switchback Concert, December 2016
The popular duo "Switchback" presented a concert of American roots and celtic soul music at the Depot on December 1, 2017. Photo by Sandra Seabold

Nalani Proctor Concert, September 2017
Nalani Proctor and her group presented a concert at the
Depot on September 15, 2017. Photo by Sandra Seabold

Tile Signing, October 2017
Depot supporters sign tiles to be placed on the restored
roof, October 2017. Photo by Richard Leonard

Book Signing, February 2015
Author Dean Klinkenberg signs copies of his latest
novel on February 28, 2015. Photo by Richard Leonard

Polar Express, December 2012
Santa, with his elves and reindeer, makes his appearance to 170
Keokuk public school children on December 12, 2012 as the
Depot hosts "The Polar Express." Photo by Richard Leonard

Book Signing, June 2012
Author Chuck Spinner of Jamestown, New York, presents his book,
The Tragedy at the Loomis Street Crossing, to an audience at the
Depot on June 7, 2012. Photo by Richard Leonard

Rent the Depot for your community, group, or family activity! Phone Carla Celania, 319-524-4887, for information
and available dates. Click here to view the Depot Rental Agreement. (PDF file opens in a separate window.)

Recent and Forthcoming Events at the Depot

Forthcoming public events are in bold type. Schedule updated March 13, 2018; some events are tentative.
Funds raised through events at the Depot support onging efforts to restore and maintain the facility as a community resource.

  • Saturday, March 17, 2018 — Birthday Party (Private)
  • Wednesday, March 28, 2018 — Greater Young Professionals (Private)
  • Saturday, March 31, 2018, 4:00 p.m. — "Uncorked" (SCC Wine Tasting Tour) Begins at Depot
  • Saturday, April 28, 2018 — Jeff Meister Memorial Service (Private)
  • Saturday, May 5, 2018 — 50th Anniversary Party (Private)
  • Saturday, May 12, 2018 — Graduation Party (Private)
  • Saturday, May 19, 2018 — Graduation Party (Private)
  • Sunday, May 20, 2018 — Graduation Party (Private)
  • Saturday, May 26, 2018 — Graduation Party (Private)
  • Sunday, May 27, 2018 — Party (Private)
  • Friday-Saturday, June 22-23, 2018 — Keokuk High School Class of 1961 Reunion (Private)
  • Saturday, July 21, 2018 — Open House (Private)
  • Friday-Saturday, August 10-11, 2018 — Private Event (Private)
  • Saturday, September 22, 2018 — "Keokuk Rocks the Arts" (sponsored by Fine Arts Council)
  • Saturday, September 29, 2018 — Class of 1968 Tour (Private)
  • Sunday, September 30, 2018 — Party (Private)
  • Saturday, October 6, 2018 — Anniversary Celebration (Private)
  • Saturday, October 20, 2018 — Wedding (Private)
Visit the Depot Gift Shoppe!

You can also support the Depot by registering with Amazon Smile. Once you set up "Keokuk Union Depot Foundation"
as recipient of your donations, a percentage of every Amazon purchase benefits the Depot capital campaign. Then
change your Amazon bookmark(s) to go to Amazon Smile and it will appear just like your regular Amazon page.
(Don't forget to do this with every browser you use, such as Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, or Opera.)

Depot Postcard from Early 1900s
This postcard view of the Depot from the early 1900s was printed in Germany. Contributed by Sharon Walden, Salem, Iowa