This week TintWorks, Inc. visited the Avery Museum Complex South of Coeur d’Alene. The complex is focused around a former Milwaukee Road (Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railway) depot which was in operation from 1909-1974. The depot is included in the National Register of Historic Places due to its use as an evacuation site during the Great Fire of 1910.
The complex was originally built by Milwaukee Rail as part of its Pacific Extension into the Northwest from Chicago. In its prime, the railway boasted the fasted route to the coast due to its use of electric engines and direct nature of the rail line through the Bitterroots which was accomplished through the use of multiple tunnels and trestles. In the early 1900’s this feat of engineering was completed by multiple teams of railway workers and 14.7 miles can be taken in today on the Route of the Hiawatha trail.
During its time in operation, the Avery Depot functioned as a division point of the transcontinental railway and a rest stop for passengers. When the Milwaukee Railroad went bankrupt in the 1980s the depot was sold to the town of Avery for use as a community center. The building now houses a museum, the city’s post office and library, a meeting room in what used to be “The Beanery” 24-hr cafe and the original fish pond where today’s visitors are encouraged to feed local trout species.
The reason for TintWork’s to visit this historic site was a Twin Grove railcar located next to the depot. The car was restored after being bought by the town in 2003 and now contains railway memorabilia and photos documenting the areas historic past.
When Avery Citizens became concerned with the amount of damage being caused by the sun to the historic memorabilia we made the trip along the St. Joe River to provide protection from harmful UV rays penetrating the rail cars windows. We used LLumar CTX Series. The nano-ceramic technology in this auto tint creates an oasis inside your vehicle (or train) that’s cooler reduce heat penetration by 60%, easier on the eyes, and protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays with a UV rating of 99.9%. Call us today for your project needs!
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