Idaho Business Review article: Historical Amtrak station faces development challenge – Sandpoint Train Station (Sandpoint Train Depot)
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Idaho Business Review article: Historical Amtrak station faces development challenge

Excerpt from article by Zach Hagadone in the Idaho Business Review on November 30, 2009

Harry Truman and Floyd Gray at Northern Pacific Depot in Sandpoint

Harry Truman and Floyd Gray at the Northern Pacific Depot in Sandpoint Idaho

From loggers and miners, to tourists and dignitaries, for 93 years the platform at Sandpoint’s train depot has been an important entryway to Bonner County’s chief city.

Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, the Gothic-style Sandpoint Burlington Northern Railway Station is today served by Amtrak’s Empire Builder, which ferries passengers eastbound to Chicago or west to Seattle and Portland. With the discontinuation of the Pioneer Route through southern Idaho in 1997, it is also the only passenger rail stop in the state.

But with Amtrak mulling a move from the historic station to a location either north or south of the depot, the city’s historic preservation commission has  launched a drive to convince officials the service should stay at the existing station. After months of study, lobbying and rallying, the Sandpoint City Council voted Nov. 19 to pursue purchase of the depot from Burlington Northern Santa Fe.

“I think we would lose something tremendous with the depot relocating down to Heath Lake Road [about nine miles south of Sandpoint],” said councilmember Carrie Logan, who drafted the measure authorizing negotiations with BNSF and Amtrak. “I think it’s a continuing untapped resource for commercial interests in town.”

Logan’s resolution, which passed unanimously, calls for the appointment of a … read the entire article.

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