A postcard view of business car "Roamer" in front of the
Rock Island's depot at Ottawa, Ill.
The text of the postcard reads:
The "Roamer" was built in 1918 for Joshua Cosden, a
wealthy Oklahoma oil man, at a cost of $200,000. The luxury car was
used for the visit of The Prince of Wales to The United States in the
early 20's. The car was purchased by the Green Bay and Western R.R. in
1944 and used as a business car until 1972. The "Roamer" is
now owned by Mr. & Mrs. Thomas R. Hill of Ottawa, Illinois.
The Rock Island depot behind the car is in Ottawa, Ill so this photo
was probably taken in 1972 when the business car left the GBW for a new
home with a private owner in Ottawa, Illinois. The car is now
owned by the Aberdeen, Carolina
& Western Railway.