A new railroad collection has been donated to the South Dakota State Railroad Museum in Hill City.
In the collection are historic paper documents, photos, hardware such as oil cans, locks, keys, and lanterns and even a barrel stove.
Bernard J. Carey collected the items over his 53-year career at the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad.
The collection was donated by his widow Orella and his children. Carey was the last depot agent in the Sioux Falls office before the company closed in 1971.
Carey's oldest daughter Sheila Brzica says her dad would have loved the railroad museum. "It sure is nice to know there is something like the SDSRM to provide real learning experiences and historical context for visitors. Oh, how I wish it had existed when dad was still alive," said Brzica.
Some of Carey's items are already on display at the museum.