Railroad Heritage Center to host sesquicentennial event

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Jul. 6—The Railroad Heritage Center of Palestine would like to invite the public to join in the celebration as they commemorate the arrival of the railroad in Palestine 150 years ago.

From 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, visitors can stop by the Railroad Heritage Center at 808 W. Oak St. in Palestine and enjoy an afternoon of history.

The museum will feature a handcar, as used since the early days of the railroad, as well as gift bags of souvenirs, cupcakes and cold water. Available for sale will be commemorative t-shirts and Railroad Heritage Center items.

"We will be celebrating the sesquicentennial anniversary of the arrival of the railroad to the City of Palestine and the birth of the International and Great Northern Railroad, which occurred within the span of about 18 months," said Heritage Center Director John Price. "Despite the fact that the true anniversary falls on Monday, July 11, we have decided to hold our celebration on Saturday, anticipating that the weekend will be more convenient for our guests."

The Railroad Heritage Center is open from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Saturday and is located at 808 W. Oak Street in Palestine.

For more information call 903-393-4014 or visit tsrrsociety.com