Then Future....


On May 20th, 2010, The Canyon County Historical Society, in partnership with The National Trust for Historic Preservation, kicked off a capital campaign to preserve and restore the unique and beautiful 1903 Nampa Train Depot.  The Nampa Depot is the only depot in southwest Idaho that has not been fully restored. 

This multi-stage, five year project will completely restore the depot to its original glory!  

Original donors included The National Trust for Historic Preservation, Kevin Daniels, Nampa Bingo, and a Union Pacific Railroad Family.

Over $45,000 has been raised so far.  We have also received grants from Union Pacific and Idaho Heritage Trust.

The entire  electrical system has been updated and brought up to code.  New reproduction lighting fixtures have been installed, the metal duct work has been moved into the attic, and the ceilings have been repaired and repainted. 



Much more is needed!  The 110 year old building needs a new plumbing system, additional track lighting fixtures, opening up the baggage area and removing an elevated floor section, restoring bathrooms with period fixtures, adding an ADA accessible bathroom, a new floor, restoring original track side doors, and restoring the roof to its original tile.

The cost to restore the depot is estimated to be $330,000.

"The goal is to completely restore the depot and turn it into  a railroad museum, exclusively." said president Bob Wagner. "We also have a grand plan for the rest of the grounds, including making the caboose and derrick ADA accessible, building a beautiful courtyard that will be a shrine to Nampa's railroad workers, and finally, a new museum building alongside the depot that will house exhibits on Canyon County's rich history, artifact storage, and offices.  It will, ultimately, be a downtown attraction that will make all of Canyon County proud."

Total estimated cost of the entire depot - museum project: $500,000.



There are many ways you can help!  Join the Historical Society, participate in our fundraisers, help solicit businesses for contributions or just contribute directly.  If every person in Canyon County sent in just $5.00, we would reach our goal!


Checks and Money Orders can be sent to:
The Canyon County Historical Society
PO Box 595
Nampa, Idaho 83651
Please indicate that your tax deductible donation is for the restoration project.

Or, if you prefer, you can contribute with a credit card by calling:
(208) 467-7611