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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Caboose journey

In Geary, Ok
Traveling through small towns is a journey into imagination, especially when you see a caboose. There is one now at Waurika by the old Rock Island Depot, where I used to own the newspaper. There is another at Kingfisher, Ok. And in Springfield, Mo., one is the visitor center. In Oklahoma City the only places I see them are at The Dental Depot locations. I've never been to the dentist there, but appreciate his expensive hobby of designing his offices and installing an old caboose.
   "I wanna 'boose," goes back to the days when I was a little kids watching trains at crossings. See the post: http://clarkcoffee.blogspot.com/search?q=caboose
In Guymon
In Boise City
 And they even catch my attention when they're model trains...going back to the days when I had them as a kid. That's why I bought this little one at the Oklahoma City train show this year when there with Roy Kelsey.

And last summer, I saw these at the Melton Art Reference Gallery and Library http://www.marl-okc.org/ near North Broadway Extension in Oklahoma City. The late Howard and Merle Melton built this collection of books and art for themselves, and turned it into a real treasure for artists and researchers. But in addition, he was a model train collector and you can see part of it there as well. Kindred spirits like cabooses.

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