Minot, N.D.—Restoration of the Minot depot following the 2011 Souris River flood is now complete. Handsome wood benches, reminiscent of those found in stations across the country in the early 20th century, have now been installed in the main waiting room. The 15 benches were funded through a $30,000 grant from the Minot Area Community Foundation, which supports both local and national charities and charitable causes.
This past May, the city held an open house at the historic Great Northern Railway depot to show off the restored Amtrak passenger waiting room. During spring 2011, the nearby Souris River overflowed its banks, inundating the basement and first floor of the 1905 depot. The station remained closed to passengers through the summer while Amtrak undertook $200,000 in basic repairs to the building and the platform. A temporary waiting area and ticket counter, located in the old baggage room, opened to passengers in November 2011.
Only months prior to the flood, the city had completed a multi-year rehabilitation of the station after the volunteer-led Amtrak Depot Restoration Committee secured federal funding in 2007. A pitched roof was constructed, windows installed and a new brick face added to the exterior walls. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the city then received more than $400,000 in federal funds to restore the interior. Restrooms were modernized and made ADA accessible, the lobby was enlarged, wood paneling and a pressed tin ceiling were added and updated mechanical and electrical systems were installed.