New Home For Ocean Springs Caboose - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

New Home For Ocean Springs Caboose

The little red caboose in downtown Ocean Springs, will soon be headed for a new home.

For years, the caboose has been parked near City Hall and the Ocean Springs Library. Numerous plans to relocate the rail car never happened. But city aldermen recently voted to move the caboose to the east entrance of the city, next to the Crooked Feather monument along Highway 90.

Many who use the library will tell you the caboose is taking up four, often scarce parking spaces. Ellen Madden and her young children are frequent library visitors.

She says moving the caboose would make parking easier.

"You can usually find one or two spots. But you're parking across the street and it would free up some closer parking, especially for people who have kids."

Others echo that benefit. Moving the car would mean more available parking.

"Personally, I'd like to see it moved so we would have more room at the library to park. And it is of historical value, which we would love to keep it in town," said library patron, Donna Chambliss.

Irene Fowler also sees the benefit of moving the caboose.

"We'll get more parking spaces here, and it'll get more visibility as you come over the bridge."

Moving the caboose to a spot next to Crooked Feather makes sense to many. But will it happen? There's been plenty of caboose moving discussion before.

Several years ago, there was talk of locating the caboose in Marshal Park. That never happened. Then there were those who wanted the caboose here, at the old railroad depot. Again, that was a no go. The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center then offered to take the old caboose. Those plans fell apart. And finally there was talk of parking the caboose here, behind the library. But, you guessed it, that never happened.

This time, city leaders say the move to the east entrance of Ocean Springs, will happen.

"It's just a great location, coming into the city. And it will be fixed up nice once we get the landscaping and all done around it. It's going to be a nice attraction," said Alderman At Large, Danny Jalanivich.

The caboose should be moving, within the next two months. 

By Steve Phillips

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Route 32 connects north Biloxi to city's peninsula

    Route 32 connects north Biloxi to city's peninsula

    Monday, December 18 2017 12:58 PM EST2017-12-18 17:58:09 GMT

    Ask people in the north Biloxi and they'll tell you they need bus service down to the beach. Starting Monday, Coast Transit Authority has route 32 on its daily schedule, a bus ride that takes people from Popp's Ferry Road near Cedar Lake Road down to Pass Road.

    More >>

    Ask people in the north Biloxi and they'll tell you they need bus service down to the beach. Starting Monday, Coast Transit Authority has route 32 on its daily schedule, a bus ride that takes people from Popp's Ferry Road near Cedar Lake Road down to Pass Road.

    More >>
  • Bay St. Louis police investigate gunshots in the city

    Bay St. Louis police investigate gunshots in the city

    Monday, December 18 2017 9:59 AM EST2017-12-18 14:59:19 GMT
    (Photo source: WLOX)(Photo source: WLOX)

    Bay St. Louis police chief Gary Ponthieux says that at some point Monday, he hopes to release new information about a shooting on Sycamore Street. So far, the chief has shared preliminary information. At just before 3:00 p.m. Sunday, officers were called about a shooting in the area of Sycamore Street and St. Francis Street. When the officers arrived, Ponthieux reports they found two gunshot victims in a wrecked car. They also found a third injured person in the area.

    More >>

    Bay St. Louis police chief Gary Ponthieux says that at some point Monday, he hopes to release new information about a shooting on Sycamore Street. So far, the chief has shared preliminary information. At just before 3:00 p.m. Sunday, officers were called about a shooting in the area of Sycamore Street and St. Francis Street. When the officers arrived, Ponthieux reports they found two gunshot victims in a wrecked car. They also found a third injured person in the area.

    More >>
  • Penn National places $2.8 billion bet on Pinnacle Entertainment

    Penn National places $2.8 billion bet on Pinnacle Entertainment

    Monday, December 18 2017 8:09 AM EST2017-12-18 13:09:44 GMT

    The owners of the Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis and Boomtown Casino in Biloxi are broadening their portfolio. Penn National Gaming will buy Pinnacle Entertainment. The purchase price announced Monday is more than $2.8 billion.

    More >>

    The owners of the Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis and Boomtown Casino in Biloxi are broadening their portfolio. Penn National Gaming will buy Pinnacle Entertainment. The purchase price announced Monday is more than $2.8 billion.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly