Ten years ago, the Museum of the North Beach rescued an historic 1912 wooden Northern Pacific Railway caboose. Officials are now preparing to move it to a new home at the site of the new Museum of the North Beach in Moclips.
The caboose had been used as a nightly rental in Moclips, and a new owner wanted it removed from their property. In 2009, museum members collected funds to have it moved seven blocks to the Washington State Parks day use park in Moclips, the original site of the Northern Pacific Railway depot.
Museum curator Kelly Calhoun said this particular piece of railroad history is very important to Moclips by the Sea Historical Society as it was on the last train to Moclips before the tracks were torn up in the 1980s by the Burlington Northern. They are now preparing to move it again, on Saturday, June 29.
The move will be orchestrated by Bruce Thompson (New Museum Project Site Manager) and Reggie Riekkola of Riekkola Construction. The transport will begin around noon and travel along State Route 109, 1½ miles to the new museum building site.
Moclips by the Sea Historical Society has partnered with the North Beach community to build a replica of the Northern Pacific Railway’s Moclips Depot, which will house a new Museum of the North Beach, displaying the Historical Society’s ever-expanding collection of artifacts and research material. In 2015, the Ocean Crest Resort donated four parcels of beautiful park-like land about 3 blocks south of the current Museum. The new museum building will be a replica of the Northern Pacific Railway depot at Moclips, built in 1905 and taken down in the later 1950s due to dilapidation.