St. Paul Union Depot: This depot was among the busiest places in the city and one of the largest depots in the nation. At its prime, SPUD had nine platforms, twenty-one tracks, and over 140 trains arrivals and departures each day. More practical than pretentious, SPUD served St. Paul for more than fifty years with its railroad facilities, restaurant, drugstore, infirmary, and playrooms for children. Millions purchased tickets and walked through its lobby and concourse to board waiting trains. It hosted U.S. Presidents, international royalty, and the rich and famous. Though it closed in 1971 after years of declining rail passenger service, SPUD is being revived today as a center for rail, transit and commerce for the Twin Cities. Published by the University of Minnesota Press in hard cover, 285 pages with many black & white photos and illustrations.