Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A virtual Barer or Baer

A man in Texas has been searching for an old railroad to reproduce.

He settled on the Walla Walla Walla Valley Railroad, a fourteen mile interurban that carried passengers and freight between Walla Walla and Milton Freewater, Oregon, from early in the century.

Although, regular passenger service was suspended in 1931, my late wife told me that she used the line to get to her part time job packing fruit at Stadelman's state line packing plant during her high school years.

I accessed the man's site by googling "a virtual Walla Walla Valley Railway" There are some historical photos plus there are pictures of his recreations of shippers along the road. One is Baer and Sons scrap metal.

I sent him an e-mail suggesting he correct the spelling but have not heard back from him.

B. Barer and Sons founded as Isaac Barer Company about 1905 and carried on as B. Barer Eastern Hide and Junk from 1917 through 1936 when it when it adopted its current name with an Inc. added along the way may have been dissolved but it lives on in the virtual world.


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