Colfax, CA (COX)

Amtrak passengers use a platform adjacent to the historic 1906 wood depot, which was renovated in the 2000s to house the Colfax Historical Museum, a visitors center and events space.

99 Railroad Street at Church Street
Colfax, CA 95713

Station Hours

Annual Station Revenue (2016): $449,160
Annual Station Ridership (2016): 6,277
  • Facility Ownership: City of Colfax
  • Parking Lot Ownership: City of Colfax
  • Platform Ownership: Union Pacific Railroad
  • Track Ownership: Union Pacific Railroad

Alex Khalfin
Regional Contact
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Station History

The Amtrak station at Colfax consists of a platform adjacent to the historic 1906 wood depot, which was renovated between 2004 and 2007. Funding sources included the city of Colfax, the Union Pacific (UP) Railroad, grants from the United Auburn Indian Community and the National Park Service Historical Building Society, with donations of time and materials from various contractors and volunteers.Today, the building is occupied by the Colfax Historical Museum, the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center and a space for meetings and receptions. In 2011, Amtrak installed a new wheelchair lift at Colfax.

Colfax was home to the Maidu Indian tribe. Alder Grove, later Illinoistown, began as a winter camp for trappers and miners. This was the site of the first stage coach robbery in the gold country. In April 1852, the Reelfoot Williams Gang stole $7,000 in gold bullion. They were gunned down a few days later in Yuba City. In 1865, Schuyler Colfax, Speaker of the House of Representatives and eventual Vice President under Ulysses S. Grant, came to Illinoistown while inspecting Central Pacific Railroad construction. On that occasion, the town was renamed for him.

The town became known as the gateway to the Sierra Mountains, and it is still appropriate to call it that today. Area farms are famous for their crops of Barlett pears, Hungarian prunes and Tokay grapes.

Amtrak does not provide ticketing or baggage services at this facility, which is served by two daily trains.


  • Accessible Platform
  • Enclosed Waiting Area
  • Long Term Parking Spaces
  • Pay Phones
  • Restrooms
  • Short Term Parking Spaces