Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Woodward Interurban railroad....
I have blogged about this before, but I wanted to share some photos of the past in Woodward. The early urban trolley were powered on electric cables just like the big city trolley. They had a rural line going to a lot of the main towns in order to connect them to the big city, Des Moines. Those who were still alive from that time, tell that they worked in Des Moines and they would ride down the rails everyday to work. This trolley is an earlier one as I can count the number of windows to know how big they were. I call this the 7 window trolley. The later and last trolley had 13 windows.
The present day building was recently restored to look more closely like this view of the depot. Notice that farmers shipped cans of milk and other goods via the trolley. That meant the driver was responsible for getting shipments to the right locations. I suppose they had to load the freight or someone who worked out of the depot was paid to load it. I want you to take note of the open door on this side of the build to the left of the dormer.
This is the inside of the depot today and the vertical siding is where that open door existed in the previous photo. My wife and I have been commissioned to paint a mural to fit that opening of the past doorway, where the vertical siding is now. They want it to look like you can see the trolley outside on the deck ready for people to load. The added feature that is going to be included inside is a sliding door, like a barn door on rails, to slide over the mural. The door will be shut, covering the mural, when they feel it has any safety issues from those who would be renting out the building.
We will start work on this during the month of March and I will post the results as time goes by.