Was there a caboose in Quincy that served as a clothing store?

A rendering of the Caboose clothing store, 427 N. 18th before it opened in 1968. The caboose remained at that location until 1979, when it was moved in preparation for expansion of the Abbey. | H-W File Photo
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Apr. 23, 2018 9:30 am

Was there a caboose that had a clothing store in it in Quincy? Where was it located?

There was a caboose that served as a clothing store in Quincy. It was simply called the Caboose, and it was at 427 N. 18th. The 56-foot-long red caboose opened to customers in August 1968 at a ceremony featuring owner Al Pezman and Quincy Mayor Wes Olson.

It featured clothing for men and women. A Jan. 30, 1970, article in The Herald-Whig said the store was "built on the idea of youth, run by youth and for the youth," The company's oldest buyer was only 25.

In 1971, the store changed hands and was renamed Rural Smallhorst Dry Goods.

After it was a clothing store, it served as a tropical fish store before it was sold in 1979 to be used as an office for a LaBelle, Mo., real estate agent.

According to an April 21, 1979, article in The Herald-Whig, the property was bought by Steve and Dick Winters of the Abbey's ownership Inter Mounting Flame Inc., for the expansion of the restaurant and addition of a 10-car parking lot.

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