When the railroad first came to Canton in 1879, it was a turning point for the city. The Depot, built in 1907, consisted of and Express Room, café, waiting rooms for men and ladies and a ticket office. The depot was served by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad.

Records say that as many as 65 trains came in and out of Canton in a 24-hour period in it’s most popular time. The last passenger trains to come through Canton were in the 1960s.

The depot was moved to its current location in 1997 and renovations began on the building. The Canton Chamber of Commerce moved its offices into the south side of the depot in 2005.

In 2007, the Depot parking lot became the home of the Canton Farmers Market. The Canton Farmers Market is open every Wednesday evening starting in June and continuing through October depending on the weather.

Rental Information

The City has two meeting rooms that may be rented for special events or meetings.

The South Boardroom:

The South Boardroom in the south building of the Depot can be rented for small meetings and other functions. It works well for 8-12 people. The maximum room capacity is 40 people.

Rental Fees:

$25 per day for 3 hours or less

$50 for over 3 hours.

The Viking Room:

The Viking Room is located in the lower level of the north building of the Depot. (The room is accessible by stairs and an elevator.) This room will seat 96 people. The room can be set with round tables, which seat eight. A serving kitchen is located on the north side of the room. The kitchen is furnished with table settings for 96 people as well as various items to serve

food and beverages including 100-cup and 55-cup coffee makers. The kitchen also has a large refrigerator/freezer with an ice maker and a dishwasher.

Rental fees:

$50 for 3 hours or less

$100 for 3 to 5 hours

$150 for over 5 hours

***An additional fee of $25 is charged to use the kitchen

Officially recognized non-profit groups receive a 50% discount Monday through Thursday on rental fees with a minimum rental of $25. If they would like to use the kitchen in the Viking Room, the kitchen usage fee is $25.

**All rental times include all time needed for setup and clean up.

For more information, to check availability or to reserve the South Boardroom or the Viking Room, contact City Hall at 605-987-2881 or cityhall@cantonsd.org