1940-2021: Remembering Jake Jacobson, the legend, icon and ‘No. 1 railroad man’

The personalized license plate on Jacobson’s classic Ford Mustang summed up his approach and attachment to railroading. Colin Rees/Regional Connect

A railroader’s railroader. A short-line safety champion. And a preeminent classic car and Colt 45 pistol collector, entertaining yarn spinner, exquisite margarita maker and rugged individualist who served as the original model of the cigarette advertising icon Marlboro Man. Lowell “Jake” Jacobson will be remembered for many things, not the least of which as a man tirelessly devoted to his craft and fellow railroaders. The longtime leader of the Copper Basin Railway, Jacobson died July 24 from heart failure. He was 80.


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