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The St. Johns Independent

A Look Back

1964 Soap Box Derby – End of the Line

by Barry Bauer

This was the end of the line for the 1964 racers just past Railroad St heading north. Notice in the background a Great Northern boxcar and above it was the old watch tower that was knocked down by a train/semi truck accident. The building currently belongs to Chris Cook.

Also seen in this photo are the two train crossing lights that we made a u-turn around when we dragged main back in the 1960s.

I didn’t take these Soap Box Derby pictures but I was there that day. That’s my 1957 Chevy convertible with a black top parked by the crossing light.

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