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While I was researching Merrick's history, I came across a most enjoyable true story of a yellow mongrel who went on to become the official mascot for the Long Island Railroad.  He lived about 100 years ago and is buried at the Merrick train station. 
Just last year, Heather Worthington, a children's author, published the heartwarming book, Miles of Smiles, sure to appeal to dog lovers of all ages. The story goes that one day in 1901, a stray dog, frightened during a thunderstorm, showed up at the Garden City train station. The station master let the dog in and waited for someone to claim him, When no one did, the kind-hearted railroad employee decided to adopt the dog and named him, Roxey, after one of his own beloved pets. He thought Roxey would make a wonderful addition to the station.
Roxey was free-spirited and had plans that did not include sitting around at the station house all day. He developed a love for hopping the trains. Soon, Roxey was riding the rails daily. He was quite the celebrity and often made the news when he showed up in different towns. 
He was not only attached to the conducters, he ... more

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