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Colfax Railroad Station Restoration

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  • Harry A Marnell
    Excerpts from: http://urlcutter.com/ColfaxDepot (original URL is http://www.theunion.com/article/20070216/TODAYSFEATURE/102160150&SearchID=73275529674288 )
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 20 8:25 AM
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      Excerpts from: http://urlcutter.com/ColfaxDepot
      (original URL is
      http://www.theunion.com/article/20070216/TODAYSFEATURE/102160150&SearchID=73275529674288 )

      "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
      nearby...

      "...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."

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