22 September 2010
Another Depot Fan Saves History from Wrecking Ball
Traveling through Logan, Utah, it's hard not to be distracted by the depot restoration project on the south end of town. Local real estate broker Jed Willets of Cache Heritage Realty has really put some time and money into the depot he rescued from nearby Smithfield. Not only did he pay to move the building, but he's painstakingly given thought to the new materials he's added to enhance the historic depot, which he says dates from about 1885. In the future, the depot will house his business and another related business. Jed also hopes to locate a railcar and lighting to add to the overall railroad theme. It is interesting that out of four railroad depots that once served the Cache Valley, only the Smithfield depot remains. It's always fun to talk to someone else who appreciates the rich history of railroading in the West, and is willing to invest in saving a historic depot. We (Barb and Jack) were fortunate to meet Jed while staying at a hotel next door.