The Katy Depot

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Rowdy Days Rowdy Nites Exhibit

Official Release Date  - Thursday, January 14, 2010 

Exhibit Takes Visitors Through A Cowboy Trail Ride

Yeeeehaaaw!!!   It’s time to rustle up your friends and family and mosey on over to Sedalia’s Katy Depot to explore the newest exhibit, “Rowdy Days, Rowdy Nites,” where visitors of all ages can learn all about life on a cattle drive to the railroad station in Sedalia. Be one of the first to see this new exhibit at the special sneak preview from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 23.

Life on the trail required hard work and unique skills.  The "Rowdy Days, Rowdy Nites" exhibit is designed to provide visitors with a unique taste of trail life.  Visitors will learn about the Sedalia Trail (also known as the Shawnee Trail), and experience the hardships, struggles, and the joys of cowboys in the late 1800s.  Eleven showcases display genuine cowboy gear and clothing that enabled cowboys to work and survive on the trail, such as: saddles, branding irons, a chuck wagon, and much more.

Make plans soon to come entertain your imagination as you explore 17,000 square feet of transformed, unexpected, original splendor at Sedalia’s 117 year-old treasure ♦ the Katy Depot.   The Katy Depot, located at 600 East Third Street, is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  One dollar per person admission helps to offset the cost of the exhibit.

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The Chuckwagon - During the cattle drives, a chuckwagon served as "mobile kitchen" to carry food and cooking equipment.  Chuckwagons were stocked with easy-to-preserve foods like beans, salted meats, coffee, and sourdough biscuits.  They also carried the bed rolls, rain slickers, and tools for repair work or digging graves. © 2010 Sedalia Katy Depot. 

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Cowboy Gear - Cowboy attire, commonly termed "western wear," grew out of practical need and the environment in which the cowboy worked.  A cowboy hat, bandana, cowboy boots, chaps, jeans, and gloves all essential items of the cowboy's getup.  © 2010 Sedalia Katy Depot.

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Cattle Branding - As cattle were rounded up in Texas, each ranch had their own brand.  Cattle were often branded a second time for the cattle drive to distinguish them from other herds.  Rustlers would sometime alter a brand by branding over the original.  The only way to tell a brand had been altered was to slaughter the cow and check the hide on the back side.  © 2010 Sedalia Katy Depot.

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Hide  & Tallow - Bringing a herd of cattle north in the 1860's was done to bring people leather, tallow, glue, and other products made from the cow's hide, bones, hooves and horns.  Meat was a secondary bi-product.  It wasn't until an innovative gentleman in Chicago hated seeing all that meat go to waste that he established a way to can and preserve the meat introducing the meat packing industry.  © 2010 Sedalia Katy Depot.

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The End of the Line - The end of each trail drive was at a railroad's stockyard.  The cattle were rested and fattened up, then sent by rail northward and eastward where people were needing leather goods for clothing and furniture; tallow to make candles and soap; and later during and after the Civil War for meat.  © 2010 Sedalia Katy Depot.

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