~FALL 2013~

Wapello County Foundation funded heating/cooling project

The Eldon Depot Museum wishes to thank the Wapello County Foundation for providing grant funding for the second phase of our air-conditioning and furnace project. The project is complete, along with new insulation which will help keep our heating and cooling costs down in the future. Visitors will now have a comfortable environment in which to view our many display items.

Doodle Bug information

We will soon be adding a large informational sign to the Doodle Bug site. It depicts an early photograph of the Doodle Bug on a snowy day in Eldon. It will be placed at the concrete platform where travelers from Eldon to Des Moines boarded the train.

Ottumwa Courier article

President Jim Bedford was recently featured in the Ottumwa Courier in an article about the Eldon Depot Museum. We hope many of you were able to see it.

Open Hours for the Depot

Due to the good response to our Saturday hours, the depot will continue to remain open on Saturday afternoons from 1 PM to 4 PM until October 1st. We encourage you to visit soon.

Rock Island hats and T-shirts

Visitors can now purchase black hats with Rock Island logo at the depot for $20 each. They are of good quality and have been a frequently requested item. We also have a selection of T-shirts which can be purchased at the depot.

Hobo Feed at the Depot

We will be holding our annual Hobo Feed on October 12, 2013 starting at 5 PM at the Depot. Historically, the hobo feed has been well attended. It is a good time to view the museum and have a good time visiting with members of the community. We will be serving home-made stew along with delicious home-made pies. We hope for good weather and many visitors.

Appreciation of our Volunteers

The Depot Committee has been very fortunate to have many volunteers this past year. We wish to thank Alan Morrison and Mike Thomas for mowing help, Jerry Hamm for keeping our mower working, Gene Stacey and Mike Thomas for painting and Evelyn Stahl for caring for our flowers this summer. Many of our own board members and our manager Fred Thomas have donated many hours this year to insure the success and future of the depot for which we are grateful.