On November 19, 1964, it was announced that Larson Air Force Base would close
in June 1966. The announcement caused a frenzy in the Moses Lake area, as
citizen groups mobilized to
identify public or private usages for the Larson site. Their efforts eventually paid off in the opening of the Grant County Airport on October 8, 1966. Part of the festivities was Monte’s train.
Here it is, ready to be used. The name on the caboose and steamer were chosen as part of a name the train contest in 1965. (Courtesy of Steve Rimple.)