A railroad town, Upton had a depot that was built in 1857 by George Upton.
The depot was later sold by Upton to the L&N or Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company in the early 1900’s.
Once the railroad was established, Upton became a shipping point for cattle, tobacco, produce and timber; and also served as a main form of transportation for locals.
“When I was going to college in Western Kentucky – Bowling Green, I took the train – you just flagged it down and got on,” said Upton native, Larry McKinley.
The town’s homes and businesses centered around the tracks, like other railroad stops, with their main entrances facing towards the rails – which can still be seen today.
The lines remained active in passenger transport until around the 1950’s during the elimination of mainline passenger cars, and the transition into major industrial production of other motor vehicles.
Although the depot has been gone for about 50 years, the two sets of tracks that go through town remain active, carrying freight to cross points in Louisville and other surrounding areas.