The Katy Depot

Sedalia's Welcome Center and Year-Round Destination

Ted Jones

Benefactor of the Katy Trail

The Katy Trail is a recreation rail trail that runs 225 miles on the right-of-way of the former Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad.  One of the longest Rails-to-Trails in the United States.  Sections of the Katy are part of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and the American Discovery Trail.

Conversion of the corridor from a railroad to a trail was made possible by the National Trails System Act of 1968 and as a result of a donation from Edward D. "Ted" Jones of St. Louis. Without Ted Jones, the Katy Trail would not have become a reality.

Plans are underway to expand the trail to the suburbs of Kansas City and downtown St. Louis.  Ameren UE will allow the use of its unused Rock Island Corridor rail line. This will compliment an effort to create a four-state trail system using several trails already in existence including the Katy. This "quad state" trail will connect Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska.