BRING THE CROOKS HOME

by KENNETH PIERRE | Apr 02, 2013
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The William Crooks steam engine arrived in St. Paul on Sept. 9, 1861. It was the first railroad engine in Minnesota. Its first commrcial run was from St. Paul to St. Anthony on June 28, 1862. That started railroading in Minnesota and the Northwest. It became the personal engine of James J. Hill. In 1962, the Great Northern Railroad gave it to the Minnesota Historical Society which eventually sent it to the Lake Superior Railway Museum in Duluth in 1975 for 'indefiite custodial loan'. It has been there ever since. It belongs in St. Paul out of which it made hundreds of runs. Like James J. Hill it is St. Paul. It is a major part of our history, not of Duluth's. It was once on display in the St. Paul depot. It would be wonderful if it was on display there again.

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BRING THE CROOKS HOME

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The William Crooks steam engine arrived in St. Paul on Sept. 9, 1861. It was the first railroad engine in Minnesota. Its first commrcial run was from St. Paul to St. Anthony on June 28, 1862. That started railroading in Minnesota and the Northwest. It became the personal engine of James J. Hill. In 1962, the Great Northern Railroad gave it to the Minnesota Historical Society which eventually sent it to the Lake Superior Railway Museum in Duluth in 1975 for 'indefiite custodial loan'. It has been there ever since. It belongs in St. Paul out of which it made hundreds of runs. Like James J. Hill it is St. Paul. It is a major part of our history, not of Duluth's. It was once on display in the St. Paul depot. It would be wonderful if it was on display there again.

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The William Crooks engine has been on display in Duluth for almost 40 years. It is time to bring it home to St. Paul where its journey and history began. That would be different and unexpected given the last 40 years, but it would be right, comfortable, and most welcome to bring it home to St. Paul.

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The William Crooks engine is a jewel. It shines. It glistens. School children would be charmed by it and would be motivated to learn about the history of our city and of railroad transportation with St. Paul as a hub.
Adults would again take pride in one of the great pioneer artifacts of our city and history.

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The engine would need a safe home here, now and in the future, and the renovated depot is the place of choice. Or, it belongs to the Minnesota Historical Society and it might find a home there. (It could replace the boxcar there since there is a boxcar in the Mill City Museum). The Jackson Street Roundhouse would be happy to receive the William Crooks (It was restored there to its present sparklilng condition).

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