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In the late morning air, the steel tracks groan slightly beneath the train’s whistle. Passengers fidget eagerly as they wait for the train to come to rest at the Boise Train Depot. It’s mid-1920s, and soon the engine comes to a complete stop, letting those who will go on to other places stretch their legs for a bit. And for the lucky few for whom Boise is the final destination of their trip, their feet will step onto solid ground and onto one of the most important pieces of Boise Bench real estate, the grounds of the depot.
The depot, opened in 1925, served as a beacon for Boise-bound travelers. Its red tile roof greeting visitors to the City of Trees, and its observation tower reaching high into the Boise sky, invited visitors to come and enjoy the view of the city below. At that time, a climb to the top would have rewarded the viewer with a look at Boise in its infancy. At less than five years old, the recently constructed Idaho State Capitol Building would shimmer in the morning sun. Students at Boise Junior College would scurry to class paying little mind to the train above nor the people disembarking from its steps and into waiting cars, where the morning’s travelers headed off to nearby Boise Bench homes and businesses.
Today, passenger trains no longer make stops at the Boise Train Depot, but this piece of Boise Bench real estate still counts among the most popular destinations in the city. In the spring, high school seniors pose for their senior photos on the grounds of the depot, wedding parties congregate, and fans of the beautiful view below and of the koi ponds filled with spunky fish, stare in appreciation at the beauty surrounding them. While the depot may not be the center of town, it’s the spiritual heart of the Boise Bench and the jumping off point for some of the most attractive destinations on the hill.
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