Many of our members
remember Rollins W. Coakley, who
retired in 1981 as Assistant Director of Commuter Services.† Rollins and his wife June retired to
The park includes scenic walkways, picnic tables, benches, a restored caboose and a statue dedicated to circus great Gunther Gebel Williams, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest wild animal trainers of all time.†
Train Depot was built in 1927 by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.
The Venice Area Historical Society conducts tours of both areas on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 1 through May 1, starting every half hour from until For more information call 941-412-0151, or visit the Venice Area Historical Society Web site at www.venicehistory.com.†† Be sure and visit the Park and the restored Railroad Depot when you are in the area.
familyís connection with the Chicago & North Western goes back to 1867 when