A Box Car Legend

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PHOTO PROMPT – © Jennifer Pendergast

On Sept. 1, 1931, Birdie and Edna Mae Martin had a son. They named him Lecil Travis Martin. He led an interesting life. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1949 and was involved in the Korean War.

One day, sitting in a cafe near the railroad tracks, Lecil saw a man he knew riding in a boxcar. “There goes Willie,” he said, and from that a song and a legend were born.

After he retired from the Air Force, Boxcar Willie became a beloved entertainer, famous for his hill billy style and persona.

Boxcar Willie Performs Century-Old Gospel Song Before Making A ...

39 thoughts on “A Box Car Legend

  1. zoogirlpatti

    LOVE this post! The photos are great and I thank you for the sweet little nugget of history that I’m sure most people don’t know….I sure didn’t. He’s the kind of guy I’d love to have a cuppa with and listen to his amazing stories that came from riding the rails! I’m so fascinated by trains and now Box Car Willie….going to do a little studying up. Thank you!

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    1. My pleasure :). I made sure to check on what Rochelle wrote this week before I did my own story, because she is the maven of the historical nuggets! I was glad to see no one else had made the connection yet.

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