Free Boise Depot tour series launches Sunday

Boise - The Idaho StatesmanJuly 10, 2014 

Local train expert Eriks Garsvo isn't shy about his knowledge of all things rail.

"I can tell you where every train in Idaho — active and non-active — starts, ends and goes," says Garsvo, a 22-year-old history buff and graduate of College of Western Idaho.

Garsvo is channeling his knowledge of trains into a series of free public tours of the Boise Depot. The first tour is at 1 p.m., Sunday, July 13 at the depot, 2603 W. Eastover Terrace.

After the debut on Sunday, Garsvo will give tours every other Sunday at the former Union Pacific passenger station. The next tour is at 1 p.m., Sunday, July 27. On the tour, Garsvo will point out highlights of the historic station and nearby Platt Gardens. He will take guests through the progression of local rail service — from the railroad’s arrival in Boise and construction of the Depot to years of operation and restoration. Visitors will see the building inside and out and learn about restoration efforts in the 1990s. The tour finishes with an up-close look at the bells in the 96-foot tower.

"We're very excited to be able to offer public tours of the Boise Depot, and hope that it will kick off a series of tour options for a number of City parks and facilities," said Jerry Pugh, community programs coordinator.

To guarantee your place for the free tour, register 48 hours before the event on Eventbrite. Non-registered guests will be permitted as space allows.

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