The Great Northern Depot is the last depot built by Empire Builder James J. Hill. It was built in 1912 as a passenger and shipping depot for the Great Northern Railroad in Bemidji, Minnesota. It went on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. A collaboration between state and local government, community groups, and private individuals restored the Great Northern Depot in 2001 and opened it as the Beltrami County History Center, operated by the Beltrami County Historical Society. It now serves as a history museum and archives, open to the public year round. It features multiple history exhibit galleries, a unique gift shop, and a research room and archives.
The building is a one-story hipped roof, brick and limestone structure with arched windows and wide eaves influenced by the Arts and Crafts Era of architectural design. The interior features a restored telegraph office, terrazzo marble floors, and restored woodwork. It is a truly amazing place.