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Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad to rename rail car, honor local family

September 26, 2018

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad to rename rail car, honor local family

AKRON, Ohio – The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad will host a ceremony Saturday to rename one of its historical rail cars in honor of a local family.

Coach car no. 165, originally built for the Pennsylvania Railroad and named the “Salem Inn,” will be renamed the “George Washington Cooper,” the great-great grandfather of the scenic railroad’s former president & CEO, Doug Cooper.

The renaming ceremony is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at the Rockside Station, 7900 Old Rockside Road in Independence.

During the ceremony, Doug Cooper is expected to honor his great-great-grandfather and will be presented with a plaque.

Three generations of the Cooper family are expected to attend the event. Afterward, they will board the “George Washington Cooper” car for a ride through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

“I’m just really surprised and excited that so many of my relatives and descendants of George Washington Cooper, many of whom I’ve never met, are coming to the dedication and will be introduced to CVSR,” Cooper said in a news release. “We’re really looking forward to Saturday.”

George Washington Cooper was born in New Jersey on March 5, 1833. He later moved to Ohio and in 1857 married Catherine Monfort. When the Civil War began, Cooper enlisted in the Union Army, Company F, 25th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, on July 23, 1861.

As a soldier, he engaged in the battles of First Bull Run, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Cooper remained in the war for its duration, and was declared a veteran in 1866. After the war, he returned to Ohio, where he and his wife raised their family and contributed to the growth of Northeast Ohio.

“We’re thrilled to host Doug and his family this weekend,” said CVSR President & CEO Joe Mazur. “Doug’s commitment to CVSR, with his financial support of our capital campaign and his service to the organization, has been a tremendous help.”

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