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"After many years of planning and renovation, the Colfax Passenger Depot
is just about ready to open its doors to visitors and train passengers
alike. It has been a true labor of love for the many volunteers and
history buffs who contributed thousands of hours to the resurrection of
this California "nugget."
"Built in 1905, the depot served Southern Pacific Railroad passengers
traveling through the Sierra via Colfax, a major train hub for the
region for both freight and passenger traffic. It was a main stop for
the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad, which connected Grass
Valley/Nevada City to Colfax until 1942 when that line ceased
operations. The depot also housed a Western Union office in the early
1900s and Wells Fargo (later Railway Express) occupied a building
"...On November 5, 2005, the Colfax Area Heritage Museum opened inside
the train depot, using much of the original tongue-and-groove walls and
ceilings. The museum room features original paint colors, an operational
door on the freight side of the tracks, period lighting and fixtures and
oak laminate flooring, distressed to look like the original...
"...The 100-year old building will also house the Colfax Chamber of
Commerce, a visitor's center and a waiting room. "Historic railroad
stuff" will be on display and plans include adding an old-fashioned
telegrapher's office, according to Weyland. An Amtrak ticket machine and
food vendors may also be added to the facility...
"...The official opening of the Colfax Passenger Depot is slated for
sometime in the spring, but the museum is open Wednesdays from 9am-12pm,
until the depot is finished, when it will be open seven days a week.
More information is available by calling the Colfax Chamber at
530-346-8888, or Weyland at 530-346-7040."