The Colfax Passenger Depot, Colfax California. The top photo is a historical photo of the building when it was actively used as a passenger depot. The lower photo is the restored depot now, after the efforts of volunteers and the City of Colfax to save the building and restore it. It now houses the Colfax Heritage Museum, the Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce, and a passenger waiting area that is also used for community events and meetings.

Roger Staab will present an intimate look at Colfax’s Southern Pacific Passenger Depot, which opened in 1905 to replace the 1865 Central Pacific Depot.

The Rest of the Story

Join us Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 7 p.m. for Roger’s presentation, which will include then-and-now photos of the history of the passenger depot. We will be meeting in the restored Colfax Passenger Depot, at 99 Railroad St, Colfax, California.

There is no charge. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

We will look at:

  • The new depot’s service to the traveling public until 1971 when AMTRAK took over passenger rail service.
  • The depot’s conversion to office space for railroad maintenance of way personnel.
  • A promised resurrection and new life in the mid-1990’s to serve Capitol Corridor trains only to be followed by disappointment and a change of plans.
  • And ultimately the determination of the City of Colfax and a team of dedicated volunteers to bring the building to its present status as local history museum, visitor center and passenger waiting area.

Along the way we will witness the only time the depot was moved (temporarily) from its original location. We hope you will join us for “the rest of the story” about Colfax’s Southern Pacific Passenger Depot.

NOTE: we have changed the date from March 14 to March 21, because there will be two fundraising dinners in Colfax the night of March 14 (the Colfax Green Machine’s Annual Crab Feed and the VFW Auxiliary St. Patrick’s Dinner). So, we are moving our program to March 21.

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