Railroad Boxcar

The railroad box car was purchased by the Von Trotha Brothers and moved to the farm most likely in the early 1940s as transportation by truck became more widely used and there was a surplus of railroad cars. The wheels were removed to allow the box car to sit directly on the ground.

Looking inside the boxcar, you will see that a new roof was applied at Albina in 1925. The box car was part of the cluster of buildings and structures that formed the north boundary of the corral area. It was primarily used for storage of corn and rolled barley which the Firestiens fed to the cattle on the west side of the corral area via the feed bunk located along the west side of the alleyway.

The small grain box near the northeast corner of the boxcar stored mostly pulp pellets which the Firestiens gave as a “treat” to the sheep.

View of the railroad boxcar from the northeast corner
with livestock brand.

The livestock brand you see on the side of the boxcar originally belonged to Wayne Firestien. Chuck and Dave Firestien purchased the brand from Wayne.

Activity 1: Find the date the new roof was installed on the box car.

Activity 2: Find the name of one of the Firestien boys written on the box car wall.

Fun fact: What caused the settlement of Bracewell to be established?

Question: Bode Von Trotha regularly bought cattle and sheep out of Wyoming and New Mexico. How were the livestock shipped to the farm? How are livestock shipped today?