~SPRING 2013~

Air Conditioning/Furnace and Insulation Project

The Eldon Depot Committee has been busy planning updates to the depot property. The second phase of the air-conditioning furnace project begins soon with financial support from the Wapello County Foundation. Once the system is completed, insulation of the walls and ceilings of the entire structure will begin. This is in response to an audit completed by Alliant Energy which will provide rebates to the depot and improve the efficiency of the building with long term energy savings.

New Wood Flooring and Window

We have purchased new wood flooring for the back waiting room. The second large window will be replicated and replaced in the waiting room. Once the flooring is completed, the entire building will have hardwood flooring.

Exterior Repainting

It's hard to believe that 12 years have passed since the purchase of the depot and restoration was started. After 12 years, it is time to re-paint the outside of the building. The depot committee has given approval for painting this summer.

Memorial Funding from Families

These remaining projects were made possible mostly through memorial funds received from the families of Steve Roe, Don Snyder and Harold Fligg. The Depot Committee is most appreciative for these funds.

Museum Room Reorganization and Donations

The museum room has been re-organized, allowing for better viewing of donated items. Our collection is quite extensive. We received two new donations this month, a union badge, lodge no. 137 Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen Eldon, Iowa, donated by Dave Bowden, Allen Morrison and Tim Honomichl, and two train prints donated by artist Ron Hatch. The prints are numbered and signed by the artist and depict Rock Island engines.

Bake Sale and American Gothic Days Celebration

Upcoming events include a bake sale on May 11, 2013 at 8:00 AM and the annual American Gothic Days Celebration on June 7, 8 and 9, 2013. The depot train will be in the parade on Saturday, June 8th and will later be available for train rides from 1 PM to 5 PM. The depot museum will be open to the public from 8 AM to 5 PM on Saturday. Please join us at the Depot.