In 1957 the coal tower was sold for scrap to Monte Holms, author of “Once a Hobo”
Monte Holms owned a scrapyard in Moses Lake. His claim to fame is he once was a homeless hobo during the depression and rose up to be a businessman in the community. He purchased a working steam locomotive, passenger car, and caboose and parked it on a siding by his place of business. He ran his railroad on a Northern Pacific spur in the Moses Lake area. Those, including the webmaster, dearly miss him.