The Historic P&IN Depot
Presented by the Adams County Historical Society
On May 16, 1899, the first spike of the Pacific and Idaho Northern Railway was driven into the first rail at Weiser, located in Washington County, Idaho. It would be 12 years later before the last rail would be laid, 90 miles north at the new town site of New Meadows that, at that time, was also located in Washington County. The track ended just past the beautiful new brick depot building located on the western edge of the new town site. Keep reading »
The two-story bracketed Italianate structure, with its graceful 3 arch portico entry, was designed by Architect H. W. Bond of Weiser. The depot was constructed in 1910 – 1911; at a cost (per county records) of $14,335. It was a show place modeled for neatness, convenience and comfort, which included a separate Ladies Waiting Room off of the lobby. The depot was equipped with all the modern features of the era: electric lights, sewer and water. The 1st floor and lobby were designed to accommodate passengers and freight with the non-public area of the railway offices upstairs. The President’s Room, located on the second story at the head of the stairs, was Colonel Heigho’s office.
Quoted from the Meadows Eagle, December 28, 1911. “The private office of Co. E. M. Heigho, the president, general manager, and the traffic manager of the P. I. N. is very handsomely furnished in mahogany.”
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101 Commercial Avenue
P.O. Box 352
New Meadows, Idaho 83654
#1 EARLY SETTLERS
Topics: Old Timers, Race track, Depression, Hot Springs, Roads, Schoolhouses, Peapickers, Railway
Panel: Tessie (Elkins) Osborn, Marge (Davis) Dryden, Larry Clay and Corky Krigbaum. 103 Minutes, April 8, 2004.
#2 EARLY SETTLERS
Topics: Pool Hall, Barbering, Boxing, Theater, Cemetery, Showers, Map of town, Billy Bob Stew, Wilson’s history, Slot machines, Casey’s Coral, Horses in the Pool Hall, Pea picking, Ice use, Bill Ecks, Elk.
#3 EARLY SETTLERS
Topics: LaVern McMahan, Lowell Madison, Joy Wadell Palmer, New Meadows Food Bank, Lowell Madison, Halloween, Old Timers, Fox Farms.
#4 EARLY NEW MEADOWS
Topics: Johnson history, Heber Rich history, Margery Gilderoy history, Nita Branstetter history, Morgan town, Downtown stores, 1st fire equipment, Dog catcher, Railway building