This railroad baggage cart was recently (February 2003) donated to the Museum by Ed Couch's brother, Dick Couch. And the wood to repair the deck comes with it! The original hard rubber tires are still on it!
The cart is from Patagonia, Arizona (southeast of Tucson). The Southern Pacific Railroad ran through Patagonia into the 1920s, and the cart is circa 1920. It's in great condition! Mining and timber were big railroad freight items in the Patagonia area at the time, too.
We'll try to dig up more on its history. By the way, the cart is already in Santa Maria!