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Frisco Groundbreaking, May 31, 2011

Nearly 200 supporters including Frisco City Officials, representatives from the Railroad Industry, and members of the press gathered to celebrate the Museum’s groundbreaking in Frisco.  The event marked the first day of Phase 1A construction of facilities, which upon completion will accommodate the Museum’s collection of historic trains.  Museum CEO Bob LaPrelle, Frisco Mayor Maher Maso, and Museum Board Chair Thomas Smith addressed the crowd at the 11:00am groundbreaking.  At exactly 11:15am, a northbound BNSF freight train arrived on cue to create a dramatic and festive backdrop to the ceremony. 

The actual groundbreaking with ceremonial spades took place at approximately 11:45am. 

Group 1:

  • John DeGolyer Maxson, Vice Chair, Museum Board of Trustees
  • Thomas Smith, Ph.D., Chair, Museum Board of Trustees
  • Hon. Maher Maso, Mayor of Frisco
  • David Porter, Board Chair, Frisco Economic Development Corporation
  • Allen Biehl, President, Frisco Community Development Corporation
  • Bob LaPrelle, President & CEO, Museum of the American Railroad
  • Ronald Jackson, General Manager, Texas Division, BNSF Railway

 Group 2:

  • Hon. Maher Maso, Mayor of Frisco
  • Pete Hosp, Frisco Heritage Center Coordinator
  • Bob Allen, Councilmember, City of Frisco
  • Peter Streit, Chair, Frisco Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Heather Bowers, Director, Frisco Community Development Corporation
  • Cynthia Hurley, Vice President, Frisco Community Development Corporation
  • Allen Biehl, President , Frisco Community Development Corporation
  • Gary Carley, Secretary, Frisco Community Development Corporation
  • Jeff Cheney, Councilmember, City of Frisco

Our sincere thanks to the many contributors and supporters of Phase 1A Construction. 

Special thanks to Dana Baird-Hanks, Pete Hosp, and others with the City of Frisco, Sharon Roland and Frisco Arts, Erica Yaeger and Sci-Tech Discovery Center, Ron Jackson, Joe Faust and BNSF Railway, Ken Creager, Bob King, and the Heritage Association of Frisco, along with our many valued Museum Members and Volunteers for making the groundbreaking and reception a very successful and memorable event.  Thanks also to Ellen H. Rogers of Dallas for sponsoring catering of the reception by Margaux’s Restaurant, and Irwin Arnstein for providing photographs and video services for the event.

Pictured below from left to right are participants in Groups 1 and 2.

Groundbreaking Video Minimize

To watch the groundbreaking ceremony, click here.
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