Our 1929 Spanish style Northern Pacific Railroad depot was under threat of demolition after being declared surplus by BNSF Railway in 2014. Through the efforts of a great many supporters, and thanks to BNSF Railway's willingness to allow time to develop an alternative, it has now (in June 2020) been relocated from railroad property to a new location in downtown Cheney. The Cheney Depot Society continues to work to rehabilitate this unique structure, giving Cheney’s history a new life.
Why Save Our Station?
- For nearly one hundred years the railroad station served as the gateway to our city.
- There is no other depot like this one, anywhere. The depot is something iconic and uniquely Cheney.
- Its layout is versatile, it can easily serve contemporary uses.
- Saving the building is a green investment. Let’s not waste the labor of those local men and the materials that went into the building.
- It makes dollar sense to re-use rather than demolish and build new.
Who We Are
We are a group of citizens who have come together to save this unique and special depot to be used and remembered by new generations.
Helping us through their participation, advice, and collaboration are:
- Eastern Washington University
- City of Cheney
- Southwest Spokane County Historical Society
Others who see the depot as a significant asset for our community and a worthwhile project:
- Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation
- Cheney Historic Preservation Commission
- Sunshine Partners - a local development group
- Spokane Preservation Advocates
- City of Cheney
- Washington State Historical Society through a Heritage Capital Grant in the 2019-2020 biennium