A 12-year-old boy came running beside the new tracks shouting, “TRAIN’S- A-COMING”!
He’s the same lad well known through Hermann for shouting “STEAMBOAT’S-A-COMING”. But this was August 6, 1855, and something very new and transformative was happening. The Pacific Railroad was coming to Hermann! Movement of freight, animals, and passengers would never be the same! Travel from Missouri River Wine Country to the West Coast by rail was in its infancy, but would soon dominate transportation, leaving the steamboat in its wake.
To commemorate that historic day, the City of Hermann Caboose Museum will host a free Concert and Dedication Ceremony on Thursday, August 6 from 6-8 PM. Reservations for socially distanced outdoor tables at the Tin Mill Steakhouse Restaurant are recommended. A portion of food and beverage sales will help retire the remaining debt on this $30,000 gift to the City of Hermann. The Caboose Museum is for beautification and education, with most of the funding raised locally.
Mayor Bruce Cox will accept the key to the museum, which took volunteers over two years to develop. Local songwriter/musician, Betty Crawford, has written a special song for the occasion dedicated to her grandfather, George S. Kramer. He was Hermann Depot Agent from 1908 until his retirement in 1941. Also performing is E.J. Glaser, fresh from his performance last month on the Jimmy Kimmel Show.