Robert S Stevens - Thunderbolt from a Clear Sky
Attica NY Banker, businessman, land speculator, lawyer and railroad promoter, teacher and politician. As General Manager he spearheaded development of and oversaw construction of day to day operations during the formative years of the MKT.
Arriving in Sedalia in 1870, the Missouri Kansas Texas Railroad was not the first to arrive, nor did it employ as many employees as the MoPac but Sedalia held a more significant place in the Katy Railroad’s history.The Katy Railroad secured Sedalia’s success and
prosperity. It made Sedalia a junction point between east / west and north / south lines. The Katy’s repair and maintenance yards, roundhouse, administrative offices, stockyard and employee hospital made Sedalia - already one of the larger towns on the railroad - a major point in the Katy system.
The KATY was the connection to emerging markets of the southwest. It provided service from Hannibal through southwest Missouri, southeast Kansas, Oklahoma and Eastern Texas through Dallas, Houston and eventually to the Gulf Coast.
In 1909 - 34 trains were reported to travel daily in and out of Sedalia.t is estimated that more than 7,000,000 pounds of freight was received here and more than 25,000 tickets were sold to Katy passengers in that year.
Thunderbolt from a Clear Sky shares the adventures of Robert S Stevens life story.
The Katy Railroad and the Last Frontier serves as the diary of the dramatic race to build the MKT RR.