Sandpoint Depot article by The National Trust for Historic Preservation – Sandpoint Train Station (Sandpoint Train Depot)
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Sandpoint Depot article by The National Trust for Historic Preservation

Here is an excerpt from a recent online article written by Sarah Campbell of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

All Aboard to Sandpoint, Idaho
Groups Agree to Maintain Train Service and Renovate Historic Depot

National Trust for Historic PreservationFor residents of Sandpoint, Idaho, the sound of a train whistle signals a job well done. Following years of uncertainty, the historic Sandpoint Burlington Northern Railway Station (now known as the Sandpoint Train Station) will remain the Idaho town’s train stop after the City of Sandpoint, Amtrak, and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway reached a tentative agreement in late June. The written agreement, which officials and residents hope will be finalized this fall, comes after many options for the National Register-listed depot were considered—including abandoning the historic structure and building a new depot outside of town.

“[It would have been] taking public transit away from the public,” says Aric Spence, a local preservationist who led efforts to save the depot. The station was closed in June 2009 after the building’s deteriorating ceiling caused safety concerns, making it a platform-only stop. Originally, it serviced the Northern Pacific Railroad, the first northern transcontinental route in the nation. Today, the Gothic-style depot is the only… Read the entire article.

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