BNSF Gives Grant for Staples Depot Renovation

The former Northern Pacific depot in Staples, Minnesota, which is used by Amtrak’s Empire Builder, will continue getting a makeover thanks to a $25,000 donation from the BNSF Railway Foundation.

The money was granted to the Staples Historical Society, which took ownership of the depot from BNSF in 2008. The station was constructed in 1909 in the Classical Revival-style

Amtrak 4The society has since been given a new roof and modern plumbing, electrical, and cooling systems.

The roof was funded by a $200,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Transportation and used asphalt shingles designed to resemble the original dark gray slate.

In 2011, a $49,400 grant from the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants Program paid for repairing the depot’s more than 48 original double-hung sash windows.

A depot ticket office renovation project that was completed in 2012 created office space for the Staples-Motley Chamber of Commerce.
The historical society wants to transform the station’s second floor into a museum.

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