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Letter: Train museum threat

I was dismayed to hear that Union Pacific is considering raising the rent on the Glenwood Railroad Museum. To raise the rent to fair market value or ask the museum to leave would be signing a death sentence. Museums are barely squeaking by. The Glenwood Railroad Museum wouldn’t be able to pay a fair market rent there nor would anywhere else be as appropriate.

Where else should there be a railroad museum but at the train station? Union Pacific should use the museum location to its advantage and donate Union Pacific memorabilia that could be viewed right there at the museum. Be philanthropic, Union Pacific. Please consider the value to the community and preservation when determining the new rent, rather than focusing on profits and fair market value.

Value doesn’t always have a dollar amount. Visitors arrive on a daily basis at the station. What better way to build customer goodwill than with the Glenwood Railroad Museum?

Have you ever visited this place, chairman of Union Pacific, Lance Fritz? It is in a fine, iconic and historic building in keeping with the architecture of another fine old institution: The Glenwood Hot Springs. There are wonderful wood flooring and mouldings. The historic details abound. And then once inside the museum all the wonderful stories await with each artifact you see.

This is the perfect place for the Glenwood Railroad and Union Pacific to showcase its history. Don’t force the Glenwood Railroad Museum out.

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Pattie Peterson

Silt Historical Park Secretary/Event Coordinator


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