Boise Union Pacific Depot

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Boise Depot
Former Amtrak & Union Pacific inter-city rail station
View of the Boise Depot from the northeast
Location2603 West Eastover Terrace
Boise, Idaho[1]
 United States
Owned byCity of Boise
Platforms1 side platform
Structure typeAt-grade
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeBOI (Amtrak)
ClosedMay 1997 (for passenger rail service)
Rebuilt1993 (renovation)
  Former services  
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Seattle
toward Chicago
toward Chicago
Union Pacific Mainline Depot (a.k.a. Boise Union Pacific Depot)
Boise Union Pacific Depot is located in Idaho
Boise Union Pacific Depot
Boise Union Pacific Depot is located in the US
Boise Union Pacific Depot
Coordinates43°36′8″N 116°12′47″W / 43.60222°N 116.21306°W / 43.60222; -116.21306Coordinates: 43°36′8″N 116°12′47″W / 43.60222°N 116.21306°W / 43.60222; -116.21306
Area8.7 acres (3.5 ha)
ArchitectCherdron Construction Company,
Carrere, Hastings, Shreve & Lamb
Architectural styleOther, Spanish Colonial
NRHP reference #74000730[2][3]
Added to NRHPAugust 7, 1974

The Boise 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.[4] Union Pacific discontinued the Portland Rose (along with all its passenger rail service) on May 1, 1971, the day Amtrak began operating.[4][5]

Amtrak (the National Railroad Passenger Corporation) began service to the station in 1977 with the Pioneer,[6] 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,[6] but that station was dropped as a stop in 1981,[7] so the next eastbound stop was in Shoshone. The next westbound stop was in Nampa.[6]

The Boise Depot was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 7, 1974, as the Union Pacific Mainline Depot.[8] The last passenger train to use the depot was the Pioneer, which ended service in 1997.[5]


  1. ^ Boise Depot - City of Boise
  2. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  3. ^ "National Register of Historic Places: State Listing (Idaho)". American Dreams Inc. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Union Pacific Passenger Trains". Union Pacific Railroad. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
  5. ^ a b "History of Boise Depot" (PDF). City of Boise. Sep 2011. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
  6. ^ a b c Amtrak (June 22, 1977). "Amtrak National Train Timetables". Museum of Railway Timetables. p. 54. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  7. ^ Amtrak (April 26, 1981). "Amtrak National Train Timetables". Museum of Railway Timetables. p. 44. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  8. ^ "National Register of Historic Places - NPS Focus". United States National Park Service. Retrieved October 27, 2009.

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