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Harvey House celebrates caboose restoration with ribbon cutting

By Melissa McCaghren

Slatonite GM

The Slaton Railroad Heritage Association conducted a ribbon cutting dedicating the interior restoration of the ATSF 1912 caboose Friday (May 7) at the Harvey House.

Rand and Georgette McPherson, along with Billy Watson cut the ribbon in the ceremony and were the first to tour the interior.

Glenn Culver, President of the Harvey House Board and committee chair, talked a bit about when they received the caboose donation from William H. Watson, who owned Watson Foods in Lubbock.

Watson’s daughter and son-in-law, the McPhersons, later donated to the Harvey House in 2006, after having moved it to their house prior in February 1999.

“It was all beautiful on the outside but on the inside, it still looked like Bill Watson’s office from Watson Foods that had some plush red carpet and paneling,” he said. “It was just a nice office but it really didn’t look like a caboose.”

Hence the creation of the restoration board, which worked on building it back – or as close to back as possible to – its original state.

“We did have pictures to follow, but really it’s kind of a hybrid, but you’ll see when you get in there that you’ll feel like you’ve gone back 100 years which is about how long ago it’s been since that caboose was in use,” Culver added.

For more information, please read the Thursday edition of The Slatonite.

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