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Published April 19, 2012, 09:44 AM

Commissioner wants to save old Wilton train depot

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Burleigh County commissioner wants to stop the demolition of the 101-year-old former Wilton train depot.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Burleigh County commissioner wants to stop the demolition of the 101-year-old former Wilton train depot.

Mark Armstrong tells the Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/JNwke2) that the area doesn't have a lot of 100-year-old buildings and he's contacted a friend in Oregon that specializes in restoring historical buildings.

The building once housed the Fort Abraham Lincoln Foundation office and the Lewis and Clark Riverboat ticket office. It was condemned by a Bismarck building official after sustaining damage from the 2011 Missouri River flood.

Armstrong says the depot handled train passengers for Wilton from the early 1910s to the late 1940s, but was moved in the late 1980s move to below the Memorial Bridge.

Armstrong says he would like to have the foundation return to the restored building with riverboat ticket sales.

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