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Boise Depot, Boise

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The Boise Union Pacific Depot is a former train station in Boise, Idaho, United States. It was built in 1925 by the Union Pacific Railroad. In 1990 MK-Morrison Knudsen purchased the depot and renovated it to pristine condition. In 1996, the City of Boise took it over and opened it for tours and special events. It is open to the public on Sunday and Monday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.Following the construction of the depot, service by Union Pacific's Portland Rose began with service between Chicago, Illinois and Portland, Oregon. Union Pacific discontinued the Portland Rose (along with all its passenger rail service) on 1 May 1971, the day Amtrak began operating.Amtrak (the National Railroad Passenger Corporation) began service to the station in 1977 with the Pioneer, which originally provided service between Salt Lake City, Utah and Seattle, Washington, but was eventually extended further east and provided daily service from Chicago, Illinois to Seattle. Originally the next eastbound stop on the Pioneer was in Mountain Home, but that station was dropped as a stop in 1981, so the next eastbound stop was in Shoshone. The next westbound stop was in Nampa.
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  • I've lived here for years but didn't know much about the history of the train depot and the railroad in general. I attended an "open house" with live entertainment and a tour of the depot, including t...  more »
  • Eriks gave a great tour, full of fun stories, good information and told in a casual manner that kept everyone's interest. You can tell the Depot is special to Boise and it's a nice way to spend an hou...  more »
  • I was only disappointed for a few seconds when we discovered it closed, but when I turned around the view made it worth it. walk down the path to the garden and look at the magnificent views.  more »
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  • I am a train enthusiast so my opinion may be slanted some. The Depot is a historical place. It is a great place to visit and to be for picnics, and can be booked for special events. The view of Boise is awesome, the grounds are landscaped, and a good place for pictures. I enjoy the nostalgia that is preserved in it, and the Big Mike locomotive on display (UP X2295).
  • If you're looking for a classic train station then you need to visit Boise Depot. Hours: Sunday & Monday 11AM - 5PM Did you know the Boise elevation is 2753(ft)? There is a Union Pacific sign here with that information, but there are many signs here. Some of the signs and logos here look very vintage, so you'll want to take plenty of pictures here. There are two trains beside the train station. Brick and clay roof tiles are all over the train station. While the train station is no longer in service it's a great structure that stands the test of time. If a train station isn't interesting to you then consider visiting the Platt Gardens and relax next to a small water fountain. The Platt Gardens is in front of the Boise Depot.
  • Awesome people, awesome venue/museum. Great for prom, weddings, reunions, you name it. The view of downtown boise and surrounding foothills definitely add to it all.
  • Nice piece of history. Thought there would be more train displays. Only the one. Nice grounds and views of the city.
  • This is a great historic place around Boise. Whether or not you are on a date with your other half, or with your family, there is a little bit for everybody here to see.

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Consider a stay in the city's historical Northend neighborhood, which offers a number of cultural activities, including a public art tour and festivals throughout the year. Lodgings in the downtown area offer convenient access to the central attractions.
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