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West Yellowstone in Gallatin County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Oregon Short Line 1903

Rail Car

 
 
Oregon Short Line 1903 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, September 14, 2018
1. Oregon Short Line 1903 Marker
Inscription.  Named for the year it was built, the Oregon Short Line 1903 was constructed for $16,685 as an executive rail car for the Vice President of the Union Pacific. In reference to E.H. Harriman's Presidential rail car, the Arden, which was built in 1900, some who rode on OSL 1903 said, "We out bested old E.H. on this trip". The charm of the wooden exterior and interior construction was typical of that period. It was retrofitted in 1915 and was renamed OSL 150 at the time. In 1935, the car was given as a retirement gift to E.C. Manson. He sat it on a stone foundation next to the forest, just 3 blocks west of here. After various owners used it as a summer home, Clyde and Linda Seely purchased it in 1975 and lived there that summer. After many paint jobs of various colors it had lost its identity and looked like "just an old relic", while on the inside its immaculate condition was maintained. Finally, its real identity was revealed when the above photos were discovered in the Smithsonian Institute. One shows the completed car in front of the Pullman Factory, the other an interior shot with the original furniture. In 1995, this museum-quality rail car
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was placed here and the Seelys and Howells built the Holiday Inn around it. Please enjoy the self guided tour of the inside of the rail car. (Marker Number 10.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1903.
 
Location. 44° 39.531′ N, 111° 6.261′ W. Marker is in West Yellowstone, Montana, in Gallatin County. Marker is at the intersection of Yellowstone Avenue and Electric Street, on the right when traveling west on Yellowstone Avenue. Marker is outside the hotel restaurant, and the rail car is inside. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 315 Yellowstone Ave, West Yellowstone MT 59758, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Snowed In! (approx. 0.2 miles away); Oregon Shortline Terminus (approx. 0.2 miles away); Montana's Centennial Train (approx. ¼ mile away); Union Pacific Identification Pylon (approx. 0.3 miles away); Madison River (approx. 3½ miles away in Wyoming); Land of Lodgepoles (approx. 3½ miles away in Wyoming); Southern Gallatin County (approx. 7.9 miles away); Hebgen Lake and Quake Lake (approx. 10.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Yellowstone.
 
Oregon Short Line 1903 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, September 14, 2018
2. Oregon Short Line 1903 Marker
Oregon Short Line 1903 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, September 14, 2018
3. Oregon Short Line 1903 Marker
Oregon Short Line 1903 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, September 14, 2018
4. Oregon Short Line 1903
Interior View image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, September 14, 2018
5. Interior View
Photo on Display in Rail Car image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, September 14, 2018
6. Photo on Display in Rail Car
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 16, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 241 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 16, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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