Pullman's Past Comes Alive
Why Do We Want to Revive the Depot?
The Depot was once the focal point of town, where people arrived and departed by train when rail transportation was the major means of travel. All mail came by rail. Most express packages and even cars, farm equipment, and furniture was delivered to the Depot. The university relied on shipments of books, supplies, and coal. Northern Pacific spur lines to the north of the depot along Grand Avenue brought rail cars to various storage facilities where grain was shipped out, providing area farmers an avenue to market their goods.
Despite Pullman and the Palouse having an impressive history, there is nowhere one can visit to learn about the many stories, people, businesses, and achievements that mark the hundred-plus years of time since the town was first settled in the early 1880s. Future generations will grow up never having experienced train travel or understanding how rail transportation built the West and its impact on the local economy.
It is our aim to fill that gap by developing the Depot into a vital hub where the community can gather and learn about its history.