Good news in today's local paper. Our historic Amtrak station (only one in Idaho) is slated for a remodal and an eventual re-opening.
Due to safety concerns, the depot was shut down a few years ago. Amtrak passengers still get on and off the trains there, but cannot use the indoor facilities.
I think Amtrak's decision to go forward with this remodel is a wonderful gift to Sandpoint. With the opening of the Byway, the structure sits right next to the roadway and begs to be a shining gem for Sandpoint.
Good times are surely ahead, once the depot is remodeled and once again open.
Of course, the structure means a lot to our family because that depot served as our family's official entry to Sandpoint when my mother, my brother and our English setter stepped off the train on Christmas night 1945.
I loved doing research on the depot for a Sandpoint Magazine story several years ago. My efforts resulted in the following:
Besides the rail action around town, there’s plenty of rich history available, including that of the Burlington Northern depot alongside Sand Creek. Termed “palatial” when it opened in November 1916 without its “elaborate” furnishings (lost in transit), the depot was constructed with a fine grade of building brick, capped with a green tile roof — itself costing more than $5,000, according to the Pend Oreille Review. The total construction bill for E.J. Rounds Co. amounted to $22,780.08. It is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
Hats off to all who have worked over the years to keep this wonderful local gem and now to restore it as a beautiful reminder of Sandpoint's past.
~~~~It's a quiet Saturday morning here. I thoroughly enjoyed my morning walk, which involved a few segments right down the middle of Selle Road.
Only one car passed me through the entire walk.
~~~~We (Bill, Debbie and I) enjoyed watching Willie's game last night and then headed off to Mick Duff's for dinner and some fun visiting with the Olins and Fuquas.
Of course, memories of the good ol' days with revolving-door principals at Sandpoint High and sleeping superintendents came up.
As Patsy said, a lot has changed for the better since those crazy days, and we've all survived.
Today seems like a good day to do a little grooming on my horses, and I'll probably do some other outdoor projects before getting together with my sisters for tonight's ZAGS game.
Just a typical, uneventful Saturday, and that seems okay to me.
Have a great day. GO ZAGS