Enterprise Newsletter • Christmas at the Depot proved popular in the Douglas community
Christmas at the Depot well-attended,
planning discussions already underway for 2019
With help from Memorial Hospital of Converse County, Santa presented children attending "Christmas on a Train" with a silver bell.
In the days leading up to the inaugural "Christmas at the Depot," event over 150 free golden tickets were distributed in the Douglas community. Douglas' day coach, pictured above, was decorated for the occasion and twice filled with area families for a reading of "The Polar Express," a famous Christmastime children's book.

"The support for this year's gathering was amazing," says Cindy Porter, Executive Director of The Enterprise. "As many know, we have worked
really hard this past year to preserve, update and improve the Douglas Railroad Museum & Visitor Center. This event marked the first time that we really had the opportunity, on a broad scale, to share that progress with the community. To see so many families at the Depot truly renewed our energy for the goals we are pursuing."

Following the reading of the "Polar Express" on the day coach, Santa distributed silver bells to the children in attendance. Cookies and hot cocoa were served in the historic depot while people enjoyed music from the Douglas Community Choir.

"We are committed to making this an annual event and will likely make some additions in 2019," says Porter. More readings, to accommodate the number of people who are interested, are likely. Porter is also considering a gathering specifically for senior citizens.

"We had no way to anticipate the community's interest in tickets," says Porter, "and it was hard to turn people away as the train filled up. Now that we know, we'll offer a broader opportunity for participation in 2019."

Porter says, "Christmas at the Depot is simply the beginning. Additional plans are in the works for art festivals and other gatherings at the historic depot. The community's response to this event helped us know that Douglas really is interested in saving these trains, celebrating our community's railroad heritage and gathering at the Railroad Museum. With so much needed in the way of repairs and maintenance, I think that energized everyone involved."

While closed on Christmas and New Year's days, the Douglas Railroad Museum and Visitor Center is open and welcoming guests over the holidays. Visiting family and friends often enjoy a trip to the Depot, which is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Exhibits inside the Depot have been updated and include a vintage toy train. Visitors can go inside many of the train cars. Learn more at the below link.
SNAP, snap, SNAP...get your entries ready!
It is time to get your entries ready for the 2019 Platte River Photography Show. Entries are to be delivered to the Douglas Railroad Museum & Visitors Center no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11. The show will be open for viewing at the Wyoming Pioneer Museum from Jan. 18-25. Winners will be announced during a Jan. 18 awards ceremony and reception.
New this year, out-of-town entries can be shipped to Douglas for the show and return shipped if a pre-paid label is provided. Modifications have been made to the entry guidelines as highlighted on the entry form available below. Please call the Railroad Museum and Visitor Center at 307-358-2950 if you have questions.
Thank you to our Corporate Members!
May you never be too grown up to search the
skies on Christmas Eve.
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