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In 1993, Mother Wilson was visited by her grandmother in a dream. All her grandmother said was “find that caboose.”

Without having any history with trains whatsoever, Mother Wilson wasn’t exactly sure what this dream meant, or even where to start, but she knew that if it came from her grandmother, it meant something.

The very next day, Mother Wilson began searching for that caboose. She eventually found one and had it transported all the way to the backyard of her home in Fairbanks, Alaska via some impressively complex trucking coordination. That caboose was then followed by several sleeper cars, a dining car, and even a locomotive! All were obtained from the Alaska Railroad. Each car has its own unique history, including a World War II car that contains an original war map!

Mother Wilson now operates a very successful Bed & Breakfast out of her hilltop Fairbanks residence, where you can spend the night in style in one of her seven uniquely themed rooms or cars.

The Aurora Express Bed & Breakfast is open from the end of May through the first week of September, so if you want to plan a trip to meet lovely Mother Wilson and see her amazing creation, check out her website for details!

We’ve teamed up with Tim Martini from Exploring The Obscure to share his awesome adventures across the country! Check out his videos of Alaska’s “Dr. Seuss House”, the World’s Largest Van Gogh Painting (in Kansas!), and RandyLand, Pennsylvania, or see more of his travels across the U.S. and around the world on the Exploring The Obscure YouTube Channel.

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