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Travel Idea: Celebrate the San Bernardino Depot’s Centennial

San Bernardino‘s Santa Fe Depot is celebrating its centennial with an event tomorrow, Saturday, July 21, and you’re invited!

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The Depot, which played a pivotal role in the development of the Inland Empire, will mark 100 years of service from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event begins with the dedication of a centennial monument, followed by an array of family fun festivities, including displays of antique rail cars, a circus train and railroad memorabilia, a classic car show and more. Food trucks will be available and cake will be provided for all attendees!

The Santa Fe Depot, with its distinctive Mission Revival Style Architecture, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Many people passed through the Santa Fe depot in the last century when San Bernardino served as the hub of Santa Fe’s Southern California railroad operations. Trains departed frequently for destinations throughout the country.

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With the advent of autos, buses and air travel, the station saw a decline in usage. In 1992, the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) purchased the historic depot from Santa Fe and secured funds for its restoration.

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If you want to know more about San Bernardino or the Depot but can’t make it this weekend, the San Bernardino History and Railroad Museum, located at the Depot, is open year round on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

With a $10 Weekend Day Pass, simply take the San Bernardino or Inland Empire-Orange County line to the San Bernardino Depot stop.

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