LAKE HUBERT -- The sound of the train whistle was heard once again at 2 p.m. Saturday when nearly 200 people greeted a 55-foot "locomotive" that rolled into the historic Lake Hubert railroad depot.
The Rhythm of the Rails train was part of the celebration of the completion of a renovation and remodeling project on the depot that began last summer. The depot now has been restored to its original condition when it was built in 1918.
The party brought together lake residents, area project donors, visitors and others who just dropped by from the Paul Bunyan Trail. Many area residents dressed in old-time outfits complete with long skirts, bow ties and 1920s bonnets.
The Rhythm of the Rails musical troupe arrived in its antique locomotive and passenger car to provide vocal entertainment to the depot partygoers. An ice cream social and cookies, courtesy of the Lake Hubert camps and the Lake Hubert Women's Club, followed the concert.
"This was a wonderful way to celebrate the restoration of a very important link to Lake Hubert's history," said John Holbrook, who led the depot project fund-raising efforts.
Nearly 200 people attended the depot party, including 100-year-old Emma Kletchka, who used to ride the Northern Pacific trains that served the Lake Hubert community.
The historic Lake Hubert depot underwent a yearlong restoration.
Emma Kletchka (seated), 100, who used to ride the trains that served the Lake Hubert community, attended the celebration.
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