The Dunsmuir Railroad Depot has been refurbished to ensure that Amtrak passenger service, the only Siskiyou County stop, continues in this historic railroad community.
In 2012, Dunsmuir was designated TRAINTOWN USA by Union Pacific
In the fall of 2002, Amtrak stated that it would discontinue Dunsmuir service if a heated shelter with a restroom and public phone was not available to passengers by December 1st.
A group of concerned citizens, working under the auspices of the Dunsmuir City Council, volunteered time, energy, skill plus materials to make the old railroad dispatch office meet the Amtrak requirements by the deadline. Due to their efforts, Dunsmuir Depot continues to be the only Amtrak stop in Siskiyou County.
This group of volunteers formed the Dunsmuir Railroad Depot Historical Society in April 2004 to continue the Depot improvements, which included remodeling the restroom, installing an entry ramp plus canopy and decking, and painting the Depot exterior and waiting room. The waiting room mural by Linda Darger enhances the traveler’s wait.
To collect, preserve, document and display the history of Dunsmuir and the character of this historic railroad town
Rita Green Amtrak Station
To honor Rita, the Dunsmuir Railroad Depot Historical Society is pleased to announce the naming of the RITA GREEN AMTRAK STATION according to Anthony Skalko, President of the Depot Society.
In 2002, Rita wrote to the Dunsmuir News editor advising the community to the possibility of losing its Amtrak Depot and since then worked to save the depot. In December of that year, twenty-three people answered her call to begin work to refurbish the depot. Work continued, under her leadership, to make the Depot meet Amtrak standards.
The volunteer committee eventually became the Dunsmuir Railroad Depot Historical Society. As President of the Dunsmuir Railroad Depot Historical Society these many years, Rita led by her leadership, encouragement and dedication to the Depot and to the town of Dunsmuir.
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