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Tractors, grains and trains

Pullman Depot Heritage Center event series offers glimpse into Palouse history
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GABRIELLE BOWMAN
The Pullman Depot Heritage Center in June, Pullman, Wash.

Tractors, grains and trains.

This is the theme of the third annual Depot Days event series, which will highlight vintage farm equipment, trains and produce that were essential to the history of the Palouse. This year, Depot Days will take place 6:30–8 p.m. Aug. 18 and 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Pullman Depot Heritage Center.

Organized by the Depot in conjunction with the Whitman County Historical Society, Depot Days is a celebration of the Depot and the various things that make it special, said Debbie Sherman, Pullman Depot Heritage Center fundraising chair.

“One of those things that makes it special is the history of agriculture in Whitman County and the role that railroads played in it,” Sherman said.

Depot Days gives the Depot an opportunity to share the history of the area with several people, Sherman said.

The first day of Depot Days on Aug. 18 will feature an exhibition of vintage farm equipment, with several local farmers there to educate visitors on the equipment, Sherman said. There will also be a tour of vintage tractors led by Gary Simpson, a local vintage equipment collector.

On the second day on Aug. 19, Depot interns will participate in the National Lentil Festival Grand Parade, Sherman said. After the parade, Depot visitors can learn about different train whistles and what they signify at an event called Train Horns with Maddie Farnsworth.

There will also be children’s activities in the Depot train car on Aug. 19, where children will get small trains to play with, Sherman said.

There will be free samples of food made with lentils on both days at the Depot, ranging from lentil chili to other foods, Sherman said.“[Depot Days is] educational, it’s interesting and it gives a perspective of life that you may not get anywhere else,” Sherman said.

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GABRIELLE BOWMAN, Evergreen news co-editor
Gabrielle is a sophomore multimedia journalism major from Bremerton, WA. Gabrielle has worked for the evergreen since Oct. 2022.