The caboose is home in Moclips
By Cindy Stearns
Published: 09/23/19 Topics: Comments: 0
It took over 100 years, but the caboose is home. Museum of the North Beach reclaimed this historic piece of history. It's the 1912 wooden Northern Pacific Railway which was brought in the rear of the last train to Moclips.
After it's year's on the rail lines, this caboose was a nightly rental in Moclips. As a new owner bought the land, the little caboose needed a new home. In 2009, museum members raised the funds to get it moved to Washington State Parks land, site of the original Northern Pacific Railway depot.
An extremely slow-moving parade processed down State Route 109 June 29, 2019. The Hidden Coast Scenic Byway, with traffic blocked afforded those gathered along the byway or stopped in their vehicles were a view the caboose slowly and carefully placed into it's new home. This is the first visible step after clearing land, for the site of the Museum of the North Beach.
Currently at 4658 SR 109, the museum will operate in this location until the new museum is completed In 2015, Ocean Crest Resort donated four parcels of land, approximately three blocks south of the current museum (just north of Chapel by the Sea) for the new site.
The new museum building design is a replica of the Northern Pacific Railway depot built in 1905. Moclips by the Sea Historical Society along with the North each community are bringing the past to life with the depot museum building and the real-life caboose.
Please stop in at the museum for more history and information about the caboose and history of this and all the North Beach. You may just hear that faint train whistle as you travel the Hidden Coast Scenic Byway.
Author: Cindy Stearns
Blog #: 0688 – 09/23/19