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The town of Chariton, in the early years, served has a southern Iowa hub for wholesale and distribution thanks to the railroad. The Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy Railroad built the freight house in 1904 and continued to be of use until the 70s. After decades of vacancy passed, a devout group of citizens took action to restore and develop use of the historic building for our community. The Freight House was added to the National Register of Historic properties in 2003 and fully restored to the current condition and opened by the Lucas County Arts Council as an event space in 2005.

The CB&Q Freight House is a wonderful venue for your next family gathering, wedding, party, reunion, or meeting. The Freight House provides 3,700 sq feet of space including a full kitchen, restrooms, a large hall, and spacious back deck. We invite you to browse the photos below to get a feel for the space. The pricing and calendar details are below. Want to view the property or have additional questions, please contact us at 641. 774.0413 or!



Freight House Rental Pricing


$60 per hour, full price required to reserve the date and time. Select the hours of your event anywhere between 8 a.m. & midnight. Set-up & clean-up to be included in rental time. 

Wedding - One Day

Rental option for a one-day wedding event, 8 a.m. to midnight for $900. 20% ($180) is required to reserve the date, remaining balance of $600 will be due 30 days prior. 

Wedding - Weekend

Rental option for a weekend wedding event - Friday 2 to 8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to Midnight, Sunday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for $1,200. 20% ($300) is required to reserve the date, remaining balance of $800 will be due 30 days prior. 


Special pricing for a full-day or half-day graduation party. 8 a.m. to midnight is $600, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 4 to 10 p.m. is $300. Full price required to reserve the date and time. 

**FH = Freight House Event Location

** ER = Elbow Room Event Location

Ready to book your event? Contact us here:


641.774.0413 --

1115 Auburn Ave PO Box 35 Chariton, IA 50049

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