Railroad museum workers, including those who worked on the Mauretania and other railroads in the United States, were not paid during the Great Depression.
They were allowed to collect paychecks, but they were not allowed to take home anything.
As the railroad was losing money, many of the workers started collecting their own checks.
In 1936, the Oklahoma Railroad Museum received the first installment of a $10,000 grant from the National Institute of Health.
Its first employee, a woman named Elizabeth Wood, was on the railroad in the spring of 1937.
She was collecting checks for the railroad as part of a charity that helped provide a living for people who worked in the mills.
When she was unable to collect any, she called the police, who were able to find the man who had stolen the checks.
He was arrested and sentenced to life in prison.
The Maurethania Railway Museum was born.
The organization started collecting checks in 1935.
By 1938, it had more than 3,000 workers.
When the Maurera opened in 1937, the building was filled with the most valuable artifacts the railroad had to offer.
Wood and her colleagues began donating their checks to the museum.
It was a way to help the men and women who worked for the railroads.
It helped them not only get ahead, but to build their families and to earn a living.
The railroad is also the source of much pride in the state of Oklahoma.
In fact, the Maures say that their museum and its employees helped to keep the rail lines open.