Saturday, February 12, 2011

Caboose Dedication at Allen Pond, July, 1973

Caboose Dedication at Allen Pond, July, 1973

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The caboose being dedicated in Allen Pond Park. The caboose was located on the present day location of the tot playground - on the opposite side of the pond from the parking lot.

Some of Bowie's politicians are standing in the background. I still need to check with one of Bowie's old-timers, but I think from left to right is Councilman Herb Sachs, Councilman Bill Wildman, Councilwoman Dene Bain and others.

Notice the barn in the background with the three cupolas. A barn with a cupola appeared to be in the background of one of the 1970s accident scene locations I was trying to identify. Click here to see that post.

According to information found at the Bowie Train Station Museum, this is Hilda Richstone, but I couldn't find what her role was in the dedication. Coincidentally, the only Hilda Richstone that I found on-line was struck and killed by a train in 1996.

The city apparently handed out activity sheets or some papers associated with the dedication.

"Little Red Caboose, July 23, 1973, Allen Pond"

Information available at the Bowie Train Station Museum indicates that the train was given to the City of Bowie in 1972 and dedicated in 1972, so there is some discrepancy on the dates. Arnie Miles took pictures for the Bowie Blade between 1973 and 1975, and the negatives for these pictures were labeled 1973.

A close-up of the handout.

A picture of a sign on display at the Bowie Train Station Museum. Note the picture of Hilda Richstone at the dedication ceremony and the caption indicating that the dedication took place in 1972.

The caboose in 2009 at its current location at the Bowie Train Station Museum in Old Bowie.

These pictures were posted as part of the Bowie Blade Pic Project, I've been posting pictures taken by Arnie Miles for the Bowie Blade between 1973 and 1975.

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