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It's time to step up to save our train depot

Of Cabbages and Kings


Charles Mutschler

The Spanish Mission style railroad depot was built 1927 after persistent requests from Clarence Martin to upgrade from the original 1881 usable building.

The year 1881 was the birthdate of the first railroad depot in Cheney. It was a plain, but usable building, where flour shipments from the Martin family's mill were sent to the Spokane bakeries.

Clarence Martin, Cheney's most famous citizen, was born right here in town in 1886. He attended the Normal school up on the hill and graduated in 1903. He watched the farmers bring their grain to the mill and he watched those who came to the mill to buy the flour. Martin also watched the young students who arrived by train walk up College Avenue to their classes at Eastern Washington State College,...

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