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Saving New Brighton's Caboose

$440 of $5,700 goal

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Dave Peterson
for New Brighton Area Historicalsociety
 SAINT PAUL, MN
For years the most popular exhibit at New Brighton, Minnesota's History Center  has been a 1950 Great Northern X-265 steel caboose, which was open free to the public next to the Soo Line depot that houses our museum in Long Lake Regional Park. The caboose was generously donated by the Valspar Corporation, but has suffered from a leaky roof and disintegrating windows. It's currently no longer safe for visitors to explore the caboose and to experience the history of New Brighton and the railroad as they once could. 

Condition of the interior of the caboose--help us restore it and reopen it to the public!


Members of the New Brighton Area Historical Society's Board of Directors and their friends have been donating their time and effort to rennovations, but the total estimated cost for restoration is $8000, including:

          -New car siding and windows

          -Benches and insulation to make it convenient for visitors

          -Painting the interior of the caboose with the same shade of green that Great Northern used in 1950

We need your generous support to raise $8000 for restoration and to reopen the caboose to the public. Visitors to the New Brighton History Center love taking their kids and grandkids through the exhibit, and wedding parties often take photos on or near the caboose. Please help us to preserve this wonderful legacy and to make it available for future generations!


Photo of the New Brighton History Center with the caboose to the right.
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Thanks to your support and grants we've received we have now fully funded the renovation and restored the caboose. Thank you!
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We just received a grant of $2300 from the Great Northern Railway Historical Society for our effort. This has allowed us to lower our goal from $8000 to $5700. Thank you, Great Northern Railway Historical Society!
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We just received a grant of $2300 from the Great Northern Railway Historical Society (GNRHS) for our effort. This has allowed us to lower our goal from $8000 to $5700. Thank you, GNRHS!
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The talk on the History of New Brighton since 1940 last Thursday by Fred Behrens and Wayne Searles was a great success, there were over 100 people in attendance! Check out our Facebook page for photos:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Brighton-Area-Historical-Society/290986047766996
Poster for history talk on April 23
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$440 of $5,700 goal

Raised by 5 people in 46 months
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Created October 25, 2014
Funds raised will benefit:
New Brighton Area Historicalsociety
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New Brighton, MN
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$20
Anonymous
40 months ago
$200
Janet Peterson
46 months ago

My father worked for Soo Line in South Dakota, glad to see New Brighton is saving this history.

$10
catherine yronwode
46 months ago

I like to see history preserved. Good luck with your campaign to save the caboose.

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