A Man & His Railroad

Wednesday, March 7, 2001

Local railroad history museum gaining steam at Marathon.

Celebrating five years at its Marathon location, the LMO Railroad Museum keeps chugging along.

"The museum is just full of railroad history," said Dean Maiden, curator and founder of the museum. "Whether it be an adult or a child, you'll learn exactly how the trains operated when we had steam engines. You can learn everything from that era."

The railroad museum consists of the former Pocahontas depot, several restored rail cars and even some turn-of-the- century Buena Vista County landmarks.

Maiden started the museum in the early 1980s in Sioux Rapids. The caboose was Maiden's first purchase, with the depot coming a couple years later.

The museum called Sioux Rapids home until 1995, when the late LeRoy Lind and wife Lois put up the funds to move the museum from Sioux Rapids to Marathon. Lois Lind and her family have continued to contribute to the museum, Maiden said.

Read the rest of this story in the 3/6 Pilot Tribune.

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