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Idaho’s Lone Amtrak Station Undergoing Renovation

For 98 years, passengers have shuttled east and west through the train station in Sandpoint—including President Theodore Roosevelt in 1911 during a stop recommended by Idaho Senator William Borah.

Since 1997, when the Pioneer Route was discontinued in Southern Idaho, the Sandpoint station has been the only passenger rail stop in the state served by Amtrak, but the Gothic-style brick station—added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973—has not weathered the years well.

The building was closed to the public in 2009 after leaks were discovered in its roof. Since then, Amtrak passengers have had to wait on the open-air platform into the wee hours and often in cold, wet conditions. Full story. Zach Hagadone, Boise Weekly

I've never traveled by train, so I had no idea Idaho had only one Amtrack stop and it was in Sandpoint! Did you?

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.



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