History buffs hope to restore Nampa train depot

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Preservationists in southwest Idaho are trying to raise $331,000 to restore the Nampa Train Depot, an emblem of the city's railroad history built in 1903.

The Canyon County Historical Society oversees the former station that is now a museum. It announced Thursday the campaign received $20,000 from four different sources, including a $5,000 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

"Historic buildings are a tangible link to our past," said Wendy Miller, director and curator of the Canyon County Historical Society. "Think of all the people that came through this train station. In the summer, the Farmers Market is hosted in front of the depot and families stage wedding, Christmas and senior portraits with the depot as their setting. It's a beautiful building and truly is the heart of the community."

The group said the restoration will include a wood floor, making the station handicap accessible, plumbing improvements and a new red tile roof. About $16,000 is needed to modernize the 107-year-old electrical system.

Nampa resident Kevin Daniels, a trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, said the depot in the heart of downtown could help develop and revitalize the city center.

History buffs hope to restore Nampa train depot