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Historic trolley car finds new home at Sockeye Brewing
BOISE, Idaho (May 21, 2021) -- Sockeye Grill and Brewery, which is celebratingits 25th anniversary this year, isfinalizing the restoration of OregonRailroad and Navigation Co. Coach 94. Boise natives more fondlyrememberthis railcar as The Trolley, which housed a neighborhood tavernon the Boise Bench until 2006, when it burned dueto arson.
Built in 1883, the railroad modernized and renovated the trolley in 1916 andagain in 1924 for use as an officer'scar. A retired Union Pacificengineer purchased it in 1933 when the company retired the trolley fromservice. Hemoved it next to his grocery store, The Log Cabin, on RoseHill St. and opened it as a bar called The Silver Car.After many ownersand a few name changes, someone deliberately set it on fire.
Sockeye owner Fred Schuerman purchased the Trolley with the intention ofrestoring the railcar and installing it atthe brewpub on Fairview Avenue.A set of railroad trucks and rails placed near the front entrance to therestaurantwill serve as the foundation for this historic railcar.
Schuerman spent the last few years carefully restoring the railcar and plans tomove it to the trucks and rails thisweekend. The railcar will be readyfor use for private events after interior finishes are completed.
"It is great to see the completion of the restoration of this historicrailcar," Sockeye Brewing business managerJanice Skinner said."It is something we have been able to work on gradually over the years,and being able toplace it in service in conjunction with our silveranniversary is perfect. Look for many more exciting things to comefor usin the next few months."
ABOUT SOCKEYE BREWING
Sockeye Brewing was founded in 1996. Offered first as a handcrafted beer optionto tap houses in Idaho'sTreasure Valley, Sockeye Brewing continues togrow with the rising demand for quality craft beer in Idaho andthroughoutthe Northwest. Sockeye brews more than 10,000 bbl annually via its 80-bblbrewhouse in Boise and isone of the top-producing craft breweries inIdaho. Its signature brand, Sockeye Dagger Falls IP, is thebiggestselling Idaho-made craft beer in the state. Visit sockeyebrew.com for moredetails.
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