What would you do to save a place you love? Would you give up part of your body? Well that’s exactly what one man has decided to do to save a haunted train museum.
Since 1976, John Baker has been running the Bakers Junction Railroad Museum in Smithville, Indiana. The museum, which operates a haunted house in old railcars has fallen on tough financial times as of late, so Mr. Baker has decided to turn to an unusual source of fundraising capital. That is, his own severed thumb.
Here’s how John Baker put’s it:
I was using a saw over my head but I only have one good leg & it has a bad knee & it gave out & I fell down & the saw jumped out & cut my finger off.
I dumped out a coke & put my finger in the glass of ice & my friend James drove me to the VA hospital 60 miles [away] but the saw mangled my finger up [too] bad to be put back on so I put it back into [my] pocket & brought it home.
I had my finger mummified & made [into] a key chain on a stainless [steel] chain set in clear plastic.
I am selling it to pay for a new metal roof for the two train stations at Bakers Junction Railroad Museum at Smithville Indiana & they need a new roof badly.
According to Mr. Baker, his money problems stem from a conflict with the “Commie zoning board” of Bloomington, Indiana. If you enjoy dismembered thumbs and haunted railcars, this is a stop for your next vacation. I know this may not be your usually cup of tea but I told you in my last post I will be changing up this site a little just to have more fun with it and hopefully attract new visitors. By the way here’s a video tour of the museum from 2010.