Old Train Depot Once Owned by Johhny Cash Could Recapture its Glory Days

DECEMBER 29, 2005 - Posted at 3:55 p.m. CST

HENDERSONVILLE, TN - The Amqui Station between the Louisville & Nashville Railroad tracks in Madison was vacant and close to demolition when Arkansas native Johnny Cash bought it in 1979 and moved it a few miles to his property in Hendersonville.

After the singer's death in 2003, Halo Properties purchased the depot and is now donating it back to Madison, where community leaders want to use it as a museum.

Also, if they can secure the land, they want the nearly 100-year-old building to be part of a planned commuter rail system for Nashville and its suburbs.

In Hendersonville, the little white building was on Johnny Cash Parkway at the singer's commercial complex called the House of Cash.

Cash, who recorded many songs about trains or with references to trains, said in 1979 that he was buying the station because of his love for the railroad and because he wanted to display all his memorabilia.

Cash spent most of his childhood and formulative years growing up in northeast Arkansas, near Dyess in Mississippi County.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)