Newport Depot (Milw)

A depot built in 1908 for the Idaho & Washington Northern Railroad (I&WN) now houses the Pend Oreille County Historical Society Museum. Adjacent to the depot is a newer building dedicated in 1994, designed to echo the appearance of the historic depot. A Burlington Northern caboose is the primary exhibit in the museum complex’s railroad display.

The I&WN operated from 1907 to 1916, heading south from Newport on the Washington-Idaho border toward Post Falls, Idaho. By 1910 an additional 61 miles of track stretched northward along the Pend Oreille River, linking Newport to a timber mill in Ione and a cement plant in Metaline Falls, both in Washington.

In 1916, the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific (Milwaukee Road) purchased the I&WN and operated trains in both directions from Newport for six decades. In 1977, when railroading was in decline, Pend Oreille County residents banded together to figure out how to save the rail line. Today, the Pend Oreille Valley Railroad (POVA) operates this line. And in 1981, the North Pend Oreille Valley Lions Club partnered with the POVA to begin providing train excursions through Box Canyon.

More info:

Pend Oreille County Historical Society Museum

\"Port of Pend Oreille buys a railroad on September 19, 1979,\" HistoryLink

Lions Club excursion train