Cedar City in Iron County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The body of Caboose 4618 was painted in mineral red with the bay window ends and the end walls in daylight orange, both traditional Southern Pacific colors. Cabooses in the SP system were designated C-XX-X. The "C" stood for caboose, the "XX" denoted the axle load in tons, and the final "X" represented the class, type, or design. Caboose 4618 is a C-50-7. Power for the caboose was provided by a small electrical generator mounted on the lead truck.
This caboose was purchased from a California rail yard in 2005 by George Lutterman. In April 2013 it was donated to Frontier Homestead
Moving the Caboose to Frontier Homestead, April 2013
Trains leaving Cedar City Depot, circa 1929
President Harding inaugurates the Cedar City rail line, 1923
Erected by Frontier Homestead State Park Museum.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #29 Warren G. Harding series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1978.
Location. 37° 41.334′ N, 113° 3.728′ W. Marker is in Cedar City, Utah, in Iron County. Marker is on North Main Street (Utah Route 130) south of Iron Mission Parkway (West 685 North), on the right when traveling south. Marker is located within Frontier Homestead State Park, on the south side of the Southern Pacific Caboose exhibit, near the parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 635 North Main Street, Cedar City UT 84721, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Ore Shovel (a few steps from this marker); Legacies of Iron County (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hay Derrick (within shouting distance of this marker); Cedar City Historic Pioneer Cemetery WallDeseret Iron Works (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pioneer Iron Works Blast Furnace (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cedar City Railroad Depot (approx. half a mile away); Escalante Trail (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cedar City.
More about this marker. Marker is a painted metal plaque, mounted horizontally on a waist-high metal post.
Regarding The Caboose. The caboose was used by the train crew such as brakemen who monitor brake line air pressure, flagmen who perform lookout functions, and conductors doing paperwork. The caboose can also be used to store tools for repairs en route. Today, many of these activities have been taken over by computers and other forms of technology. The modernization of trains is moving ahead and leaving the caboose behind. In the future you may only see this car at museums like Frontier Homestead. (from interpretive panel inside the caboose)
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Frontier Homestead State Park Museum
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