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Michael M
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Posted - 01/12/2021 :  2:51:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote





Here are a couple of photos of the new mail/baggage car waiting at the transfer dock in San Miguel.



Michael M

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Michael M
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Posted - 01/12/2021 :  7:44:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


Skidoo California is located in the Panamint Range on the western edge of Death Valley.

On April 19, 1908 Joe "Hooch" Simpson ambushed and gunned down a respected citizen, Jim Arnold, the proprietor of the the Skidoo Trading Company.

Hooch has been described in various stories as a hard luck miner, a penniless bum, a scoundrel, an alcoholic and a no good rascal who was bound to be hanged someday. However, prior to the murder of Arnold, local newspaper accounts described him as a businessman. Hooch was half-owner of the Gold Seal Saloon and involved in several mining ventures. Hooch also had a stable of shady ladies including “Skidoo Babe” and “Blonde Betty.” Somewhere along the way Hooch seems to have acquired a case of syphilis from one of his soiled doves.

Arnold died that evening and three days later a lynch mob hanged Hooch from a telegraph pole. That same telegraph line attached to the pole sent the news to the outside world and a few days later reporter from the Los Angeles Times showed up to take a photograph but by the time he arrived Hooch had been pushing up daisies for several days. That didn’t stop the hospitable locals who obliged him by digging up Hooch, brushing the dirt off and hanging him again.

It was said Hooch was a frequent guest of the red light district in Skidoo prompting the town doctor cut his head off to test it for syphilis, thinking that might be the cause of his sudden madness.

It’s said the twice-hanged, headless Hooch still wanders those lonely hills in Death Valley looking for his missing head.






Michael M

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Tyson Rayles
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Posted - 01/13/2021 :  08:04:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hooch any relation to O.J. or Homer Simpson?


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Michael M
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Posted - 01/13/2021 :  08:12:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Way before their time.

Michael M

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George D
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Posted - 01/13/2021 :  08:43:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great story. I see Hooch's final resting place gives him a nice view of the railroad.

George


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CNE1899
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Posted - 01/15/2021 :  1:22:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Micheal,
I like your railroad! Lots of interesting types of rolling stock. Funky but cool setting.



Edited by - CNE1899 on 01/15/2021 1:25:16 PM

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quartergauger48
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Posted - 01/15/2021 :  7:49:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very nice and some very good looking modeling'..Good job'..


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Michael M
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Posted - 01/15/2021 :  10:31:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you every one for the kind comments.


Like many small narrow-gauge railways my line does have its own quirky equipment. Often it is a matter of making do with what you got.


Michael M

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