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“Few of these Survive”

Atalanta Jay Gould's Railroad Car
Reviewed April 17, 2017

This old railroad car shows how Jay Gould lived while on the road. It is quite luxurious and has some ingenious devices. The railroad then sold it to a family that lived in it for 20+ years before the Jefferson garden club bought it. Fortunately, the family took very good care of it and it took little restoration. It is well worth seeing.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank frogcarguy
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Reviewed February 12, 2017

This rail car tour lets you feel like you are stepping back in time. I has been beautifully restored with great attention to even minute details.

Date of experience: February 2017
1  Thank Tresha E
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Reviewed January 31, 2017

Very interesting that this historical item ended up in an out of the way place like Jefferson. Cool to see this bit of history here. Jefferson itself was also much more impressive than we had imagined for this part of Texas. A town who's hayday has long passed but is still showing that unique charm.

Date of experience: May 2016
1  Thank TheSpeis
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Reviewed December 5, 2016

If you like history and have the time, it is well worth booking a tour of Jay Gould's restored, live-in railroad car called Atalanta. You can not go in the car on your own, you have to get your ticket and tour time at the Excelsior Hotel across the street. The guides are very good, they can tell you about the restoration and the history of how Gould and Jefferson are connected. But even if you don't care about the history, you should go to see the luxury of how one of the wealthiest families in the US of the late 1800s traveled. When you first enter the car there is a living room, then you see several bedrooms, the kitchen and dinning room. There is even a place for the cook to sleep. The wood finish is beautiful and interior furnishings shows off how comfortable the Gould family could travel.

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank James H
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Reviewed November 23, 2016

This is not just any old railroad car. It was honesly used by Jay Gould and his family and has been renovated very nicely. You get the opportunity to see the luxury available to a wealthy family who could afford their own train car for traveling. It has a living room, several bedrooms with sinks, a kitchen and place for the cook to sleep. In the back there had been a formal dining room. Go across the street to the Excelsior Hotel to schedule a tour. It's not expensive and worth going inside and hearing some interesting facts and stories.

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank marycathyjoneslmp
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