ELDON DEPOT COMMITTEE NEWSLETTER~Spring 2014~
Improvements continue at the Eldon Depot Museum. The museum room is currently getting a fresh coat of paint along with a new ceiling and energy efficient lighting. The lighting is bright and will help to showcase our displays. We now have a second functioning signal which appears to be down track from the caboose. It is easy to imagine the track as it was in former days. We would like to thank Al Seeger, City of Eldon employees Tony Tennity and Jeremy Arnold, and others who volunteered to get it going. New outdoor lights which are similar to those which were once used at the depot have been installed. A new walking-biking trail now connects the depot to the Des Moines River overlook, thanks to funding and efforts of the Eldon Trail Committee.
New Displays at the Depot
There are several new displays at the depot. We received a two faced weight scales and a lead sealer donated by David Wright. A box of memorabilia from Eldon in the 1920ís was donated by the nephew of Lee Gridley. Craig Sumner donated newspaper photos related to Eldon and the Rock Island Railroad. We thank these individuals for their donations, all of which makes the depot interesting to our visitors.
Activities and Hours
Spring activities for the depot include the Bake Sale on May 10th from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM. The usual cakes, pies, etc. will be available. The annual Gothic Days Celebration will be held June 13, 14 and 15. The depot will be participating in the parade and other events during Gothic Days. We will also be open for visitors at that time. Our summer hours will begin on May 3, 2014. We will be open from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on both Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer. We will also remain open 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM Monday through Friday for coffee. Individual tours can be scheduled.
Trust Fund Donation from Jerry Fackler Estate
The Eldon Depot Museum is the recipient of a generous trust fund donation from the Jerry Fackler Estate. Jerry was a long time friend and supporter of the depot. The board of directors are very grateful to Jerry for his generosity.
We hope to see you at the depot soon.