We have pushed for nearly 5 years to get the Boise Depot opened to the public on a routine daily basis during the summer and despite the best efforts of the GUARDIAN, the vast majority of the time it remains only a catering venue for the elite .
We have to admit the Boise Depot is no match for the Willis (formerly Sears) tower in Chicago–the Boise Depot is much more elegant and pleasing to view. However last weekend we paid $15.95 to take the elevator to the top of the Willis and since we have been to the top of both, we can tell you it is well worth a buck or two to visit the Boise tower.
The message is this: Open the Depot and the elevator for tourists so we can show off some of our history and the novelty of climbing or riding to the top of a mission-style bell tower. If Team Dave would give it a chance, promote it as a “Tourist Attraction” with proper signs, it will sell.
GUARDIAN reader Clancy sent us this note about the past weekend event at the depot.
I stopped by the Depot Day with my boys, checked out the cool cars and listened to some speeches.
They mostly talked about the history and what a great resource it is. We waited in line for a trip in the elevator up to the top. I had never done that before and enjoyed the views that I hadn’t seen of Boise. There was a sign stating that if you didn’t make it up the tower today, then come back during public hours. No hours were stated and none are listed on the website.
People were just hanging out on the lawn enjoying the nice day too. I would like to see the depot with some posted hours as it would be a fun and cheap site to see.
I also think a” Sunday Streets or Ciclavia” could be a great community event during the summer. Open the Depot to the public and close Capitol Blvd all the way to the Capitol building. Bikes and pedestrians would only be allowed during those Sunday hours. Maybe invite some local clubs to perform on a stage or have a bike show/swap and few food vendors.
That’s what they do in ancient and historic Mexico City. There are also other places that TRULY cater to bikes. Here are some links from Clancy.
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