The Santa Train will be rolling into town this Saturday!
The first Santa aboard the train was Joe Higgins.
Joe Higgins played the role of Santa on the Santa Train from 1943-1950. During that time he also played Santa around town at various functions for the holidays, including playing Santa at W.B. Greene Company. Joe Higgins took his role as Santa very serious, even attending Santa School so he could more realistically portray Santa.
After his death in 1951, the next Santa, John Dudney, was selected because he was able to fit into Higgins’ size 9 boots. The archives is fortunate to have the Joe Higgins Santa Train Collection. The collection, donated by Clara Higgins in 2000, consists of items related to Higgins’s role as Santa Claus on the annual Santa Train, including his Santa Suit! For more information on Joe Higgins please contact the archives.