Laws Railroad Museum: Quilt Show and Death Valley Brill Car Rides During Memorial Weekend!


Laws has a great weekend in store for both locals and visitors. As both an historical  society and a railroad museum, Laws will be offering rides in the 1927 Death Valley  “Doodlebug” Brill Car #5, with docent presentations about the history of the Brill car. It is  one of only five in operable condition of the 147 railcars of this type manufactured by  Brill. It was restored in our own backyard, by Laws Train Crew volunteers. Only $5.00 per person, $1.00 for children under ten, pays for a ride of about 15 minutes on this  historic motorcar. Rides will be offered Saturday May 27 starting after the Mule Days  Parade, about 1:00, until 3:00. And on Sunday May 28 from 10:30 to 3:00. Times are  approximate depending on demand, volunteer availability, and weather.

Brill Marshall driving

As an additional feature, Laws will be hosting a quilt show by the Calico Quilters from  Thursday May 25 through Sunday May 28th. The quilt show will be located in the 100- year-old former Catholic Church which was moved to the museum grounds in 1976.


The Church, built in 1923 by Desert Padre John Crowley, was recently re-shingled thanks  to generous donors and benefactors. And continues its tradition as a “Library and Arts  Center” as it has for more than four decades. The Calico Quilters guild carries on the  fine tradition of quilting, as well as the honorable tradition of community involvement,  and has evolved the pioneer survival art of quilt making to new artistic and  philanthropic levels. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the artists and appreciate their  efforts.

Roberta Quilt

In addition to these special attractions, forty-one of the forty-three pioneer buildings and exhibits as well as the museum’s gift shop will be open. Hours are 10:00 to 4:00 and  a $10.00 donation is requested per adult. Call (760) 873-5950 for additional information.

(From Laws Railroad Museum & Historical Site)

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