Centennial Station is an Amtrak station for the Coast Starlight and Amtrak Cascades passenger trains serving Lacey and Olympia, Washington.
The original Union Pacific station at East Olympia was demolished in the late 1960s. It was used by the pool trains that ran between Seattle and Portland by all 3 railroads that used the line, Northern Pacific, Great Northern, and Union Pacific. Amtrak trains during the 1970s and 1980s used a wooden shelter as East Olympia's passenger train station, however the station site was remote and had no public transport, no lighting and a pot-holed gravel parking lot with a public telephone that rarely worked.
The new Centennial Station was built by the non-profit Amtrak Depot Committee and opened in early 1994 following a 6-year fundraising and lobbying effort by citizens of Thurston County. It is believed to be the only Amtrak station in the nation operated entirely by volunteers.
By jbottero @ 2013-07-13 11:27:49