For a decade, the aldermen of the Town of West Jefferson have been trying to acquire a caboose to celebrate and commemorate the Virginia Creeper Railroad that ran through Ashe County until the late 1970s, when tracks were destroyed by floodwaters. To that end, an ad hoc committee announced the Ashe County Historical Society had purchased and holds title to a caboose. The town contributed $3,000 in public funds toward the acquisition May 1. The same month, the county approved locating the caboose in a public gravel lot near where the rail line had run. Arrangements were made to have the caboose delivered June 9, but there was some unfinished business. A representative of the caboose committee told the aldermen that permits had to be secured before the caboose could be relocated, but he had no estimates of costs. Since the caboose was to be a tourist attraction, it needed landscaping and a ramp to be wheelchair-accessible. Members of the public had additional questions, like how much operations and maintenance would cost, and who would pay. Unassigned responsibilities included site preparation, providing electricity, installing and maintaining heating and cooling, weekly and daily cleaning and repairs, insurance, security, and all-around presentation including things like painting the exterior. Setup costs were estimated at $30,000; maintenance and operations, at $12,000 annually.