Artist David Poole recreated the Daddy Train in a
mural which is
displayed on the Seaside Museum, 570 Necanicum Drive, Seaside, Oregon.
Once upon a time, many years ago,
the only way to get to Seaside Oregon was by boat from Portland to Skipanon
(now Warrenton). Following the boat trip there was a long ride by carriage,
or wagon, to Seaside. Then a railroad line was constructed and the boats
would unload passengers on a pier at Skipanon. A train would be
waiting there to take them to the little resort town.
To escape Portland's summer heat
families would make the boat and railroad journey to Seaside and spend
their summer in the beautiful little town. Daddy would then make the
trip back to Portland, spend the week at his job, returning on weekends
to visit the family. Every weekend the families would gather at the
railroad station to greet daddy, then see him off on his trip back to
Portland. It wasn't long before the train carrying daddy became known
as the "Daddy Train".
Times changed and roads to Portland
were constructed. Automobiles could make the trip, the railroad
line shut down and the "Daddy Train" was no more. To help
the community experience their colorful past the Seaside Museum &
Historical Society commissioned the painting of the Daddy Train Mural
which is mounted on the front of the Museum.
Grants for the Daddy Train Mural
were received from the Northwest Oregon Economic Alliance and from the
John and Jane Youell Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. Museum
members and friends of the Museum also supported this project with their