Boise Depot Centennial

Boise Depot Tour on a sunny day

The Boise Depot, located on W. Eastover Terrace, is one of the city’s most prominent and recognizable landmarks. It’s a treasured building that holds many memories for residents and visitors to the City of Boise. Originally constructed in 1925 for use as a Union Pacific railroad depot, it opened to the public on April 16, 1925, to great fanfare. While it is no longer operational as a train depot, the beautiful Spanish-style structure is now operated by the Boise Parks and Recreation Department, serving as a historic setting for weddings, receptions, corporate and community events and so much more. With the Boise Depot’s 100th anniversary coming up on April 16, 2025, the city is planning a celebration of the past, present and future for this important Boise landmark.

Boise Depot Clock Tower Aerial View

Boise Depot Centennial Information

The full schedule of events is still in the planning stages, but the official community celebration is expected to start the weekend of April 12, 2025, and continue through the 100th anniversary date of April 16, 2025. Departments from across the city are working together to plan insightful, engaging and informative opportunities for residents and visitors to experience the Boise Depot and learn about its storied history in the City of Trees. Additional partnerships, artist calls and entertainment opportunities will be announced as plans are determined. Please bookmark this page and continue to check back as announcements are made!

Boise Depot History

Did you know – the City of Boise’s first depot was built on the Bench just a short distance from the present building? New York architects prepared the plans for the station at the present site and thousands turned out to see the first transcontinental engine steam into the new station on April 16, 1925. Click here to learn more about the Boise Depot’s history, the Platt Gardens, current usage of the site and more.

Boise Depot Historical Photo
Photo Courtesy: Boise City Archives, circa 1930
Tour group outside the front of the Boise Depot

Take a Tour

The Boise Depot is open to the public every Sunday and Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (the building is closed on all legal holidays). Tours led by knowledgeable guides take place at noon and 1:30 p.m. on Sundays. All ages are welcome, and no tickets are required.

View listing of upcoming dates
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Get Involved

One of the goals of the Boise Depot Centennial is to involve the community as much as possible in the celebration of this Boise landmark. Additional details about partnership opportunities, artist calls and more will be announced in the coming months. Want to get in touch with us? Click here to send us an email and connect with city staff.

Bring Back Rail Effort

Interested in the City of Boise’s work to bring back rail service? Click here to learn more about current efforts and sign-up to receive updates via email.

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