26, 2008 (online
& Caboose Inspection
& Painting Efforts Being Planned By City & Historical Society At Depot
Museum By Fairgrounds
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a delay to find a key that would unlock the vintage Rock Island caboose,
a group of citizens along with City of Collinsville and Collinsville Historical
Society representatives had a rare chance to inspect the interior of the
caboose which was brought here in 1977. The caboose sits adjacent to the
original Collinsville Sante Fe Depot which was relocated to the fairgrounds
in 1975. That group discussed options and plans to paint both the depot
building and caboose after necessary repairs could be made.
Hastings (from Bartlesville, 2nd from right) showed the group photos of the
Hulah Depot he had helped repaint with official Sante Fe colors in Bartlesville.
Jay has offerred to help with Collinsville's depot and caboose also.
City Planner Bob Wolfram tried out the raised seating for the 4 top windows
in the caboose.
assume the Collinsville depot was completed not long after the tracks were completed
through Collinsville in the summer of 1899. I don't know the original color
but know from the 1917 news item above that it was red for at least some of
it's early years. The undated photo (which is not associated with that story)
appears to match that red color and shows a period when the depot was doubled
in length from the original building which is all that remains today. The 1928
news item below indicates a switch from red & green to yellow & green
which is most familiar to local oldtimers still living today.
-- Ted Wright
1934 advertisement indicates you could ride the train to Tulsa from Collinsville
for 39 cents one way or 71 cents round trip. A train ride to Bartlesville was
a bit more expensive then, but even the 1934 round trip fares to Chicago and
Denver (under $27) would not even buy a tank of automobile gasoline at 2008
|If you are interested
in volunteering on the depot or caboose project, email your contact information
to me and I will pass it on to the City & Historical Society. -- Ted