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The history of the Pullman Depot Heritage Center dates back to March 2018 when the Whitman County Historical Society Board of Directors voted to purchase the Northern Pacific Depot in Pullman as a commitment to preserving historic sites in the county. Between May and September several meetings were held in Pullman, attracting a variety of local volunteers, whose task was to define the goals for the development of the depot property.
The name Pullman Depot Heritage Center was adopted and a group of nine individuals were elected to serve on a Steering Committee to oversee all future planning. Both a mission statement and motto were finally crafted – holding to the desires expressed by everyone that Pullman needed a place to honor the diverse history of the area. It was to be designed as a place where the community could gather and be inviting to locals and visitors of all ages.
The Steering Committee worked with WSU classes and Design West Architects to establish design concepts and structure a 5-Step Facility Master Plan, which is acting as a guide to restoration efforts. Generous donors financed the payoff of the $300,000 purchase price and continue to support the ongoing restoration plans. Work is now beginning on the exterior of the depot with the help of a Washington Heritage Capital Grant. The goal is to raise between $4-5 million to complete all exterior and interior work and open to visitors.
For more information see www.pullmandepot.org or visit us on Facebook at Pullman Depot Heritage Center. Stop by on Saturdays between 1-4 pm to see our current displays in the Freight Room.