Bowie in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Bowie Caboose
It would appear that our caboose has a historic connection to the Bowie area and the Pope's Creek Railroad line running from Bowie to Southern Maryland.
While not conclusive, it is interesting that this is the same class caboose as the Bowie Railroad Station Museum's piece, and is very likely the Bowie Caboose after it saw active service on the N&W. By this era, the Pennsylvania Railroad Company controlled the Norfolk and Western.
Did You Know?
A caboose was the accustomed conclusion to any freight train and served many roles. It allowed crewmen to keep a lookout for how the freight cars were functioning as the train moved along. It provided a place for the crew working on a freight train to rest and eat. Also, lanterns call "marker lights" indicated the end of a passing train and served as a warning to approaching trains
The crew could sit and view the length of a freight train through the windows in the cupola, the raised viewing area on the roof. The interior of the caboose provided a toilet and washbasin, a coal stove for heat and cooking, two oil lamps for light, an ice box, and two sets of upper and lower bunks.
Erected by Olde Town Bowie.
Location. 39° 0.439′ N, 76° 46.75′ W. Marker is in Bowie, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on Chestnut Avenue just north of 11th Street (Maryland Route 564). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bowie MD 20715, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. From Huntington to Bowie - The History (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named The Bowie Caboose (was here, next to this marker but has been reported missing. ); Bowie Railroad Station Museum (here, next to this marker); Bowie State University (approx. 1.2 miles away); Jay Norwood "Ding" Darling Conservation Trail (approx. 1.7 miles away); Conservation Leaders (approx. 1.7 miles Holy Trinity Church (approx. 2.4 miles away); William Levitt and Sons, Belair-at-Bowie (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bowie.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 18, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 403 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 18, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.