Seeing History in Ruins in Siouxland, Tekamah, NE

3 Dec
An old railroad passenger car far beyond beyond its expiration date is seen in Tekamah, NE Monday, Oct. 17, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

When I travel about Siouxland my imagination sometimes wanders and I wonder what life was life before my time in the area. On an outing with another photographer we happened upon an old passenger train rail car in Tekamah, NE. The rail car has seen better days and I wonder what rail line it covered and when and where did it transport people in an earlier era. Speculation as to its current location made us think that maybe someone had found the rail car, moved it to this location for possible later use say for a museum or some such thing. But time has taken its toll and now only the rail car knows what its former glory days were like and who traveled the rails in it possibly searching for a new beginning or visiting a past one. All I can speculate is that its history is now firmly in the past.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

An old railroad passenger car far beyond beyond its expiration date is seen in Tekamah, NE Monday, Oct. 17, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

3 Responses to “Seeing History in Ruins in Siouxland, Tekamah, NE”

  1. Washe Koda December 3, 2022 at 4:11 pm #

    We had a box car used for a storage shed on our land locked farm 50 feet from the RR tracks on one side & 50 feet from US Highway 10 on the other. The farm house was built in the early 1800’s from lumber hauled across the frozen Mississippi River north of Anoka. I wish I had a photo to share but my Kodak Hawkeye images disappeared 50 yrs ago. That land has been long since been turned into a parking lot for mobile home sales company. 🎶 𝕋𝕖𝕒𝕣 𝕕𝕠𝕨𝕟 𝕡𝕒𝕣𝕒𝕕𝕚𝕤𝕖 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕡𝕦𝕥 𝕦𝕡 𝕒 ℙ𝕒𝕣𝕜𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕃𝕠𝕥🎶 Joni Mitchell

    • Washe Koda December 3, 2022 at 4:16 pm #

      The record needle used to bounce like ‘H’ every time a train or heavy truck went by 😉

    • jerrymennenga December 4, 2022 at 7:04 pm #

      Things change don’t they, and not always for the better, depending on one’s point of view.

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