STEUBENVILLE - The red "Welcome to Steubenville" caboose, a staple in the area for more than 20 years, moved to its new home in the south end of the city this morning.
Crews from Howard Bowers Contracting started assembling equipment at 8 a.m. today to prepare for caboose's journey from its old Washington Street location to Nelson's Fine Arts and Gifts, located in the former Lincoln School building.
Mark Nelson purchased the caboose, built in 1941, last month and was excited to finally get it to his property.
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"We started talking about purchasing the caboose back in November so it is nice to finally have it here," he said. "I am happy to keep the caboose in the city and have the opportunity to restore it. It's an exciting time for our business as well. We're proud to play a part in keeping a piece of history in Steubenville. It also is an exciting development for the south end of the city."
The caboose has stood at the intersection of Washington Street and state Route 7 since 1989, and its relocation is the first step in a project driven by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce to create a new entrance to the city from the highway.
"Tuesday was an historic day. This represents a major step to initiate the first phase of a redesign for the Washington Street entrance to our county seat. These are exciting times in Steubenville and Jefferson County," said Sue Hershey, chamber president.
ON THE MOVE — Crews from Howard Bowers Contracting moved the red caboose, formerly located at the intersection of Washington Street and state Route 7, to its new location at Nelson's Fine Arts and Gifts on Lincoln Avenue in Steubenville's South End. The caboose traveled up Washington Street and down North Fourth Street before ending up at Nelson's Lincoln Avenue property.
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"This project is so much more imminent, vital and a reality because of the restoration efforts in the city as well as the new construction in our community. It doesn't make sense to have all these exciting projects taking place and have the main entrance to our county seat suffer from bad aesthetics. This is also an opportunity to keep this part of the city's history."