Paradise Depot Museum remains standing after Camp Fire
CHICO, Calif. —
The Paradise Depot Museum and Paradise Community Park escaped the Camp Fire with no damage, and town officials have started to plan activities for the area once again.
The Paradise Depot Museum has stood for over 100 years. It was converted from a train depot, to a museum in 2007 and after surviving the Camp Fire, it will remain open for business.
The small building first opened back in 1904. Throughout the years, renovations were made to the structure, but parts of it were kept in their original condition, to preserve its history. During the Camp Fire, buildings burned just a few dozen yards away from the depot.
Its survival meant a lot to Paradise locals like Steve Culleton, who's familiar with the depot's history.
"What we really lost with this fire is community. And the depot's gonna be part of bringing the community back together. Having a place to go, that withstood the fire storm, you know? So, we're looking forward to that. Paradise strong, we're coming back," Culleton said.
The depot sits in the middle of Paradise Community Park, which Culleton said will be used for future public events, as the recovery process continues. Plaques dot the area commemorating those who had a hand in creating the depot.
The building was originally used to facilitate the hauling of fruit and other agricultural goods through Paradise. The old rail line ran through Paradise and up through Sterling City.