"Oregon on Wheels" exhibition car ca. 1891

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For many years I have been searching for images of a specific Northern Pacific exhibition rail car referred to as "Oregon on Wheels". It traveled from Oregon to the East Coast and back again between October 31, 1891 and May 26, 1892.
The car, converted from a larger than normal baggage carrier, was painted white and covered with decorative images. The word 'Oregon' covered half of each side, the other half being painted with murals of major Oregon geographical features.
My great-grandfather Major Edward A. Weed managed the car, and while I have multiple newspaper articles on the trip I'd like to close the loop with a photograph or two.
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Kind regards, DCWeed

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I have seen some photos of that car and know which one you are talking about. I might be wrong but I do believe it had something to do with Oregon sending a car to the Worlds fair as a exhibit car which was pretty common back then. Most states sent something to the fair and more often than not it traveled by rail.

The two people who would know best are Warren wing and Jim Fredrickson. Both wrote many books about Pacific Northwest railroading. I might have even seen a photo of that car in one of their books but I can't recall which one. I would try contacting their publisher.


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Thank you

Thanks to you all for pondering my request, and the tips for further research. Nothing found yet, but I'm still working on it.
Regards, Weed


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Another historical puzzle

Here's another item for those who might hold historical info:
My great-grandfather, the aforementioned Major Edward A. Weed, crossed a train trestle near Algondones NM on April 12, 1909. He was on a bicycle trip from Maine to California, and I suspect was walking the the bike over the trestle instead of plowing through the sand down in the gully. For reference, Edward was 68 years old at the time.
Part way across the trestle a Santa Fe Express barreled up on him, and he had to jump 15 feet to the ground. Unfortunately in his haste he left the bike behind, and it was compeltely destroyed by the passing train.
Does anyone have any idea how I might find a report of this incident? The Albuquerque papers covered it, along with reports on him as he awaited a replacement bike, and I have many of those. But I'd really like some-first hand corroboration if it still exists.
All ideas appreciated.
Kind regards, Weed

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