James David "Bo" McDaniel

 James David "Bo" McDaniel was born Feb. 6, 1926, in Howland, and went to be with his Lord Aug. 16, 2009.

After graduating high school, he joined the Navy in June of 1944 and served in World War II on the aircraft carrier Commencement Bay. He was honorably discharged in June 1946. He worked for the Texas Midland Railroad, Southern Pacific Railroad and retired from Texas Department of Transportation.

David will be remembered as a loving, caring individual as well as an avid artist, historian and railroad memorabilia collector.

The pictures below contain a few of the items donated by David, and his family to the Cotton Belt Depot Museum.


McDaniel Collection 
Call Board 
Display case with items used by the station agents.
Headlight from a Texas Midland 4-4-0 locomotive.
Passenger platform steps.
Caboose Lantern and Stove.
Model of a Cotton Bale
Candle Lantern
Modern Electric Switch Light
Coal Oil Switch Lantern
Caboose Lantern and Locomotive Classification Light
Link and Pin Coupler from 1860s
Wand used to pass train orders to Engineer and Conductor on moving train.
Oil Can, Tallow Pot, and Bill of Laden Stamp
Pictures painted by James McDaniel
Switch lock keys from various railroads.