Tuesday, January 26, 2016
WaaTeeKaa Shrouded in Mystery -- January 26, 2016
The Bechtel Museum is housed in a railroad car in the plaza behind the company's headquarters. The Bechtel family lived in a railroad car, the WaaTeeKaa, at remote job sites in the 1920s. This car, originally from the Chicago, Saint Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha, was restored to externally resemble the WaaTeeKaa as a gift to Steve Bechtel, Senior and his wife Laura in 1988.
On Juanuary 14, a crew started to erect a tent over WaaTeeKaa. We stood in the window of our office and speculated why they might be doing it. I suggested that the roof of the wooden car could have developed a leak during our big storms, or they want to protect it from the upcoming Super Bowl festivities.