Oroville, Calif. -- Bringing an old Oroville attraction back to life, bigger and better than ever.
“Having it brought back into its original use is not only respecting the past but moving into the future,” said Oroville Mayor Linda Dahlmeier.
The boarded-up windows, thick dust, and cobweb covers, The Oroville Train Depot has gone through many reformations from when it was first built, back in 1910.
Dahlmeier says the buyer wants to turn this building into a steakhouse saloon and a museum gift shop, but that's not all, visitors may also be able to take a train ride all the way up the beautiful Feather River Canyon.
“On top of having the specialty train where, you can either have dinner at the restaurant, or you can actually get on the train and take a dinner train up through the canyon.”
Dahlmeier is also part of the Butte County Association of Governments. She said they put a grant together to get the depot and try to turn it into a station for express bus service from Butte County to Sacramento and also bring the San Joaquin train to the Oroville area.
She said Kevin Morris, a Dallas property developer, reached out to her and asked about the depot.
“Knowing there was a real estate transaction going on, I told him the best thing he could do was put a backup offer on the property, and that's exactly what he did.”
BCAG ultimately lost the grant, and Morris' offer was accepted.
“It seemed like it happened one right after the other, but that's how real estate transactions happen when you have a backup buyer.”
She said Morris is originally from Oroville and grew up there, which is why he's excited to give back to the community.
She said Morris is also working with historians in the community to make sure it’s done exactly how it was back then.
Everything is, of course, still in the early stages, but the new restaurant could be up and running by the end of the year.
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