12:00pm - 4:00pm
Tuesday through Saturday,
Memorial Day through Labor Day, or by appointment
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Ritzville, WA 99169
NP Railroad Depot Museum
Built in 1910 by the Northern Pacific Railroad Company, this depot was the second for Ritzville. The original wooden depot, built in 1881, was located directly across the tracks.
During the early 20th century, Ritzville was the largest and heaviest grain shipping railroad station in the world which is why the Northern Pacific built such a large depot in such a small town.
At one time 8 to 10 passenger trains arrived each day in Ritzville. Rail travel continued to be popular for many years after the turn of the century. Ritzville residents could ride the train to Spokane early in the morning and return that same evening. Passenger service to Ritzville was discontinued in 1972 after which the depot was used by railroad maintenance crews.
In 1988, Burlington Northern deeded the depot to the City of Ritzville. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989 and is part of Ritzville's National Historic District. The depot has changed very little.
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