Parsons Historical Museum seeks donations for Restoration Project
The crane, flat car and workout car, which was formerly a baggage car sit on the Union Pacific Railroad tracks near 22nd St. and Dirr on Friday. The cars were moved to their final destination by rail and crane on Sunday.
NEWS RELEASE FROM THE CITY OF PARSONS
PARSONS, KS —Chances are over the past few weeks, you have seen information about the Parsons Historical Museum’s efforts to move railcars to the museum located at 18th & Corning. Well, the cars are moved and the fundraising has started.
According to Ken Ervin, Parsons Historical Museum board member, with lots of help from the Union Pacific Railroad, especially Matt Krause, former Parsons Operations Manager, and Scott Dolton from the corporate office in Omaha, the former Iron Horse Museum, now a part of the Parsons Historical Museum, is the proud new owner of three unique rail cars.
Union Pacific Railroad donated the three items in 2013. They include an 80-foot boxcar which was used as a rolling fitness car for employees along the tracks, a crane and a flat car to the museum rather than sending them to the salvage yard. Movement of the cars took place on Sunday as N&S Movers from Coffeyville helped to make it happen.
In preparation for the new arrivals, the Parsons Historical Museum Board has been working with a variety of contributors and volunteers to make sure the project took flight. Before the rail cars could be moved, the board coordinated the construction of nearly 280 feet of track, the addition of a chain link fence for security. The following businesses and individuals contributed their time and talent to making the project happen: Matt Krause and Scott Dulton, Union Pacific Railroad, Great Plains Industrial Park (donated 300 feet of rail and 20 concrete rail ties), Kenny LaForge, LaForge Construction (equipment to lay the track ballast), Carl Shufeldt and N&S Movers of Coffeyville (donated a portion of the labor to move the items) and City of Parsons Public Works (prepared base for new track). The following volunteers (many of whom worked for or still work for Union Pacific Railroad) who were instrumental in laying the track and building the fence: Sam Ringle, Evert Smith, Jr., David Shue, Jonathon Wells, Chuck Root, Chas. Root, Charlie Wells, Marvin McKinney, Ken Ervin, Jack Thompson, Mike Keller and A.J. Journot.
If you missed the opportunity to help during the move, here is your chance to help preserve three pieces of railroad history in Parsons! The Parsons Historical Society is currently trying to raise funds to cover their expenses and move forward with the restoration of the cars for future generations to enjoy. The ALL ABOARD! Campaign offers individuals the chance to donate anywhere from $25 to $10,000 or more to help with the project. Donations can be mailed to Parsons Museums, c/o Bleacher Gear, PO Box 873, Parsons, KS 67357. As always, donations to the Parsons Historical Society are tax deductible as allowable by law. For tax-related questions, please refer to your tax professional.