Something old is about to be something new.

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is hosting a renaming ceremony Saturday to change the moniker of coach car No. 165 known as "Salem Inn" to the “George Washington Cooper.”

The renaming is to honor Doug Cooper, a former president & CEO of the scenic railroad, and his great-great-grandfather, George Washington Cooper.

Some three generations of the family are expected at the event.

“I'm just really surprised and excited that so many of my relatives and descendants of George Washington Cooper, many of whom I've never met, are coming to the dedication and will be introduced to CVSR,” Cooper said in a statement. “We’re really looking forward to Saturday.”

The naming event will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Rockside Station, 7900 Old Rockside Road, in Independence.

After the ceremony, the railcar will make its inaugural trip through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park under its new name.

Joe Mazur, president and CEO of the scenic railroad, said Cooper has been a generous contributor in both time and money.

“We’re thrilled to host Doug and his family this weekend,” Mazur said . “Doug’s commitment to CVSR, with his financial support of our capital campaign and his service to the organization, has been a tremendous help.”

The capital campaign has led to work on the railroad's various engines and railcars and the recent acquisition of four cars from the California Zephyr.

The renamed coach car traces its history back to the Pennsylvania Railroad and was one of 21 roomette sleeping cars.

It was revamped into a 76-seat coach in 1963.

It was rebuilt again by Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) to its current 80-seat configuration in 1991.

The rail car was then owned by Akron Metro and leased to Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, which assumed sole ownership of it in 2013.

As for the history of the car's new namesake, George Washington Cooper, he was born in New Jersey in 1833 and moved to Ohio in 1857.

He enlisted in the Union Army in 1861 and fought in the battles of First Bull Run, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg.

After the war, he settled in Northeast Ohio to raise his family.

Craig Webb can be reached at cwebb@thebeaconjournal.com or 330-996-3547.