The Minneapolis & St. Louis R.R. #457

The Minneapolis & St. Louis R.R. #457 (HM1OLV)

Location: Mason City, IA 50401 Cerro Gordo County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 9.153', W 93° 10.971'

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"Rotary Cannonball"

Minneapolis & St. Louis #457 History
American Locomotive Company of Schenectady, N.Y. built the 457 for the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad at a cost of $18,456.03. The Consolidation type locomotive served 38 years for the M&StL, used in freight, passenger, and switching service throughout Minnesota and Iowa.
1950 M&StL was retired and sold to American Crystal Sugar Company, Mason City, IA.
1959 American Crystal Sugar Company retired the M&StL, giving it to the Children of Mason City, IA. The Mason City Noon Rotary Club sponsored moving it to East Park with the help of The Milwaukee R.R., and was named "Rotary Cannonball" in a contest won by 8 year old Marcia Combs.
1959-64 Leo T. Danehy, retired Great Western R.R. switchman, served as a dedicated attendant and educator for the Rotary Cannonball. In the ensuing years, rust, vandalism, and neglect took its toll on the engine.
2003 Louis "Gene" Green, historian, author, and railroad enthusiast, began work and started a volunteer campaign to restore and preserve the Rotary Cannonball. Contact Mason City City Hall to volunteer.
2005 The restored M&StL Rotary Cannonball, was dedicated in East Park. The "Roof the Cannonball" campaign began for provision of a shelter. Many grants and private donations funded the campaign. The 457 Cannonball began weekend open hours with volunteer help.
2006 The first annual "Cannonball Day" was held the 4th Saturday of June in East Park to showcase and raise funds to maintain the Rotary Cannonball.
2007 The Train Shed shelter and brick platform for the 457 Rotary Cannonball was dedicated. Plans for the Interpretive Stand began.
2008 This Interpretive Stand was completed for use by the public for education and historical interest.
The Friends of the 457 work in conjunction with the Mason City Parks Department to care for this important display related to the heritage of Mason City.
Your generous donation or volunteer help will help with the restoration and preservation of the 457 Cannonball.
Weight - 169 Tons
Height - 15.5 Ft.
Length - 67 Ft.
Width - 10.5 Ft.
Tender Capacity:
Coal - 12 Tons
Water - 6,500 Gal.
Operating Steam Pressure 185 Lbs.
Listen to the real sounds of a steam locomotive.
Press the RED button to hear the authentic 457 Nathan 5-chime whistle.
Press the GREEN button to hear the bell, steam and engine sounds.
Press the YELLOW button to hear the story of the M. & St. L. 457.
[Captions, from left to right, read]
The M. & St. L. 457 at the American Crystal Sugar Plant, Mason City, IA
The Rotary Cannonball in 2002
M&StL Steam Locomotive 2-8-0 "Consolidation" being moved into East Park August 31, 1959
Minneapolis & St. Louis RR System Map - Circa 1952
The Minneapolis & St Louis 457 Cannonball in 2006
"Depot" style shelter and platform completed in 2007
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Date Added Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 485133 N 4777771
Decimal Degrees43.15255000, -93.18285000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 9.153', W 93° 10.971'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 9' 9.18" N, 93° 10' 58.26" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)641
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 930 E State St, Mason City IA 50401, US
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