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Boise Depot
Former Amtrak & Union Pacific inter-city rail station
View from northeast in 2006
Location 2603 West Eastover Terrace
Boise, Idaho
United States
Owned by City of Boise
Line(s) None
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Structure type At-grade
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code BOI (Amtrak)
Opened April 16, 1925; 97 years ago (1925-04-16)
Closed May 1997
(for passenger rail service)
Rebuilt 1993 (renovation)
Former services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
toward Seattle
Pioneer Shoshone
toward Chicago
Mountain Home
toward Chicago
Preceding station Union Pacific Railroad Following station
toward Portland
Portland – Granger Hillcrest
toward Granger
Union Pacific Mainline Depot
Boise Union Pacific Depot is located in Idaho
Boise Union Pacific Depot
Location in Idaho
Boise Union Pacific Depot is located in the United States
Boise Union Pacific Depot
Location in the United States
Area 8.7 acres (3.5 ha)
Built 1925; 97 years ago (1925)
Architect Cherdron Construction Company,
Carrere, Hastings, Shreve & Lamb
Architectural style Spanish Colonial
NRHP reference No. 74000730
Added to NRHP August 7, 1974

The Boise Depot is a former train station in the western United States, located in Boise, Idaho. Opened 97 years ago in 1925, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). At an elevation of 2,757 feet (840 m) above sea level on the rim of the first bench, the depot overlooks Capitol Boulevard and the Idaho State Capitol, a mile (1.6 km) northeast.


The depot was built in 1925 by the Union Pacific Railroad, and service by its Portland Rose began with service between Chicago, Illinois, and Portland, Oregon. Thousands attended its debut with mainline service in mid-April, including Union Pacific president Carl Gray, granted a key to the city by Mayor Eugene Sherman.

The UP's City of Portland also Chicago to Portland, for several decades made stops in Boise. Union Pacific discontinued the Portland Rose and the City of Portland (along with all its passenger rail service) on May 1, 1971, the day Amtrak began operating.

Six years later, Amtrak (the National Railroad Passenger Corporation) resumed passenger service to the station in 1977 with the Pioneer, Initially run between Salt Lake City, Utah, and Seattle, Washington, it was later extended further east and provided daily service from Chicago to Seattle. The next eastbound stop on the Pioneer was originally in Mountain Home, but that station was dropped in 1981, so the next eastbound stop was Shoshone; the next westbound stop was Nampa.

Forty-nine years after its debut, the Boise Depot was listed on the NRHP on August 7, 1974, as the Union Pacific Mainline Depot. The last passenger train to use the depot was the Pioneer, which ended service 25 years ago in 1997.

In 1990, Boise-based Morrison–Knudsen Corporation (MK) purchased the depot and renovated it to pristine condition. The City of Boise took it over in 1996 and opened it for tours and special events; it is open to the public Sundays and Mondays from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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