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Pooler Caboose moves to new home

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A big piece of history has a new home.

The 63,000 pound caboose, the Pooler Caboose, is gone from Rogers Street and U.S. Highway 80 and has moved west and settled at Pooler Parkway and U.S. Hwy 80.

Crews worked to remove the last remnants of the Pooler Caboose Monday morning, removing the railroad ties and spikes from the green space it's been residing on since 2001.

"It's been the background of a lot of pictures, from prom to weddings to graduations," said Director of Public Works for Pooler Matt Saxon

Saxon helped organize the move over the weekend, and he said this new location is actually on the tracks of the old Central of Georgia Railroad bed, so the caboose will rest where it once raced up and down the tracks.

"It just seemed like the best place to put it, if we had to relocate it again," said Saxon. "It's been moved once or twice before, but hopefully this will be its final resting place."

In 2001, the city council had the caboose moved from Joe Baker Park to Rogers Street and the people of Pooler were not too happy.

Now, it seems like a welcomed move.

Martha Hardison said it was kind of just hidden on Rogers Street and U.S. Highway 80. In fact, that little green space with the cannon and gazebo didn't even have a proper name.

The caboose move has two purposes: city hall and the police department are expanding so they need that green space.  Also, the U.S. 80 and Pooler Parkway spot will serve to bridge a gap within the city.

"You got Pooler Parkway, everything's growing," explained Saxon. "Highway 80 is what we like to call 'Old Pooler' and we're trying to get the two to mesh together."

The caboose will be the focal point of a new park, a gathering place where "Old Pooler" and "New Pooler" can both call theirs.

Hardison is optimistic.

"I think it oughta turn out pretty good," she said. "Anything to brighten it up over here, maybe with some walking trails and benches every few feet apart for the older people."

Hardison just has one request.  She thinks it needs to be painted.

And if it's like the last move in 2001, the city just might oblige.

The big move didn't cost the city a dime.

Dozier Crane and Machinery, which operates out of the city, did it for free with the help of Bell Crane and Rigging and Adams Warnock Inc.

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