Community Foundation for Mason County Funds M & O Railroad Project

The Board of Directors at The Community Foundation for Mason County has awarded Mason County Historical Society’s M & O Railroad Project $500.

Mr. James Jensen, MCHS Board President, says that this generous support from the Community Foundation is greatly appreciated and will help ensure that the new railroad exhibit will be enjoyed by thousands of schoolchildren, families, and other visitors now and far into the future.

The project has already begun with over 100 feet of track laid and the vintage locomotive and tender car delivered and installed at Historic White Pine Village. The Railroad exhibit will be an exciting, educational, and fun addition to White Pine Village, adds Rebecca Berringer, MCHS Managing Director.

Plans are underway to add a flat car loaded with logs, simulating the historical Mason and Oceana Railroad that carried logs from Walkerville to the mills in Buttersville, not far from the current site of Historic White Pine Village.

Additionally, the locomotive and tender car are being painted to resemble the M & O trains. According to Michelle DeKuiper, White Pine Village Site Manager, yet this summer season a platform will be added and next year a train station and railroad museum will be installed.

The M & O Railroad exhibit will be transformational for MCHS and the Village, according to John Holcomb, MCHS Board Member and Chair of the Railroad Committee that is overseeing the project.

The Community Foundation was created to improve the lives of residents of Mason County and they are delivering on this commitment through their generous donation, says Dr. Rick Plummer, MCHS Executive Director. As a publicly supported community endowment, the foundation receives and manages contributions from thousands of community individuals and organizations who are committed to the future of Mason County, according to Community Foundation for Mason County Executive Director, Andrea Large.

If you would like to donate to the project, please call MCHS at (231) 843-4808 or email rebecca@mchshistory.org.