A brief history The present Toppenish railroad depot was built by the Northern Pacific Railway in 1911, replacing the earlier wooden depot. For 50 years it served as the transportation center and commerce hub of the community. The railroad had become the most effective means to transport both passengers and freight over long distance. But as automobile, bus and airplane service increased after WWII, railroad transportation and freight declined and in 1961 passenger service from Toppenish was discontinued. When the Railway Express Agency went under, the depot was no longer used and boarded up in 1981.