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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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  • The Boise Train Station is strategically situated to allow you fabulous views of Boise city and the river nestled below the mountains. There is large parking areas with green lawns and flower beds. Th...  more »
  • An iconic building that is a must see! Go up in the bell tower and take in all the breathtaking views of the city! Only available to the public on Sun & Mon so plan ahead!  more »
  • The view from the bell tower was spectacular in February, '17 when there was still plenty of snow on the mountains and the air at the depot was fairly warm and very clear. Great parking, interesting-b...  more »
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  • Beautiful. My husband proposed here. Wish they had a public restroom though. My kids and I like to visit and walk around but we always have to leave to find a potty for them.
  • Best place to capture the sunset on the city and capital. The glow of the foothills is amazing. Walking around the park and water is worth the stop. Great place for any photos.
  • Great clean touristy area. Lots of scenic views of Boise and of the Depot itself. If you want to visit inside the depot itself make sure to check the viewing times.
  • Viewing these photos brought back so many childhood memories of my friends and I "going to the depot". The "wishing well" was always a favorite place to climb up to along the stone walkways. Our barefeet walked those stone steps and pond edges many many times throughout our growing up years. We loved rolling down the grass slopes, sitting on the big rock bench, and wandering in and out of the depot, and the sound of those huge bells echoing for miles. Thanks for loving and caring for this great Boise Valley icon.
  • Love this place. Really surprised by how nice it looks and the great view of the city and the Capitol building for Boise. Nice place for a picnic or letting the kids run around the water and park.