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1 CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, December 31, 2015 NEWS continued from page 1 Press's Top-10 stories of 2015 list. Most Cheney resi- dents likely don't know where the station is lo- cated, thanks to parked rail cars obscuring its location at the east end of College Avenue along- side the BNSF tracks. Nor do many people know what makes the depot so historic. The station was the point of entry for people coming to Cheney until passenger service ceased in 1971, including incom- ing Eastern Washington University students who would have exited the station and walked up College Avenue to the school, passing through the Showalter Hall pil- lars. It originally served the Martin Flour and Milling Company, a ma- jor shipper on the NP line, on land now occu- pied by the ADM (Ar- cher Daniels Midland) mill. The mill was owned by the Martin family, whose son Clarence Mar- tin, served as a Cheney councilman, mayor and eventually Washington state governor, becom- ing the first Washing- ton-born and first East- ern Washington-born individual to occupy the governor's mansion. It was Martin, EWU archivist, Cheney Depot Society president and railroad-enthusiast Dr. Charles Mutschler said, who lobbied the North- ern Pacific to build the depot in a unique style. "Northern Pacific didn't tend to build cus- tom stations for 'X' num- ber of places," he added 613 S. Washington Ste. 105 Spokane, WA 99204 5 Blocks off 1-90 (Division St. Exit) FREE Parking 8:30-5:30 Mon-Fri Handicap Access Good Service Cars Trucks. Trailers Boats Cycles RVs :. 455-8320 -:. in a Nov. 26 Cheney Free in 1956," Hansen said. Press story. "He got off at the station The depot is built in and walked up the street Spanish Mission Revival (College Avenue) with style, common for sta- his duffelbag and started tions in the American college." Southwest but rare for These and other expe- those built in the Pacific riences led Hansen, who Northwest. Its three main currently lives in Kenai, areas -- express and bag- Alaska, to make the April gage area, a ticket office 2014 offer to the city to and a waiting room -- are purchase property for the featured under a tiled station. When that didn't roof, stucco veneer and materialize, he began round-arched openings, working with the sta- That depot carries a tion preservation group, lot of sentimental value and has offered to match for former Cheney resi- every dollar raised in the dent Dr. Peter Hansen, fundraising campaign up who said as a kid he to $500,000. used to mow Martin's That campaign kicked lawn. Hansen's grandfa- off in November with a ther pastured horses in $5,000 donation -- now Cheney that he rented to $10,000 thanks to Hansen the Northern Pacific for -- from local business- its railroad maintenance man and City Council- work and his family has man Doug Nixon. a long experience with J o h n M c C a l - the depot, lum can be reached at "My brother-in-law jmac@cheneyfreepress. came here from Montana com. Contributed photo by Charles Mutschler/EWU Archives The operator's bay inside Cheney's former Northern Pacific train depot circa 1981. Note the use of both telephone and telegraph. @CheneyFCU Fil photo Efforts have accellerated in an attempt to save the former Cheney train depot. Fundraising is already underway in hopes of being able to relocate the depot before the arr val of the Wrecking bail : ! Scott Shop Towels NPP 75130 NAPA Motor Oil NOL75130 3 i/2 Ton Professional Service Jack NAPA Antifreeze NAF 1GAL 12 Volt Portable Power Supply NBC 85901 99 NAPA Synthetic Motor Oil NOL 75530 IIL-- IBI :;; lib 21 PC Screwdriver Set BK 7740507 Backup Camera System with Smart Hitch Sensors BK 7551785 Mechanix Wear Gloves BK 7631114, 1111, 11t2, 1113 Eveready Alkaline AA or AAA 4 Pack Batteries E91BP4, E92BP4 12 Volt DSR Jump:Starter Sea Foam ~SF16 Minus 20 Washer Fluid WWS MINUS20 Battery Charger , Maintainer R PL2310 Portable Power Bank NBC 85903 MAC'S Brake Cleaner MAC 4800 i