Stored away on a train

Yukon Historical Society relics of the past take up passenger car on Highway 66

Doug Barnes, Vice President of the Yukon Historical Society, gives tours of the old passenger train car that houses relics of the city’s past. (Photo by Robert Medley)

By Robert Medley
Managing Editor

Along the north side of Yukon’s Main Street, State Highway 66, and in the shadow of the historic grain elevator, sit train cars full of history.

In the train passenger car, also called the chair car, are found many links to the city’s past, dating back to territorial days.

Doug Barnes, vice president of the Yukon Historical Society, is still giving tours by appointment of the cars. There are boxes of photographs, paintings, mannequins and items from past drug stores.

“I’m in the process of trying to get the train box car where the train stuff, (memorabilia) up to date,” Barnes said. There is a copy of a book called, “Yukon, The First 100 Years,” in the passenger train car. Inside is a picture of the old Ritz Theatre.

“I didn’t realize that there were three theaters in Yukon,” Barnes said.

Photos in the passenger train car show many scenes of early Yukon from days before statehood through the 1900s. Photos from mid-century show Main Street scenes and one shows a neon sign for Progress Beer.Anyone who wants to see the train cars can call Barnes at (405) 514-5890. The tours are free.