Working on the Railroad is the next in the series of exhibits designed to provide people with a connection to people and to their stories of Sedalia’s heritage. Most everyone visiting the Katy Depot seems to have a story of a family member or friend that worked for the railroad. They proudly recall the person , their job and the respective railroad with which they worked. Yet there is a disconnect with the specific responsibilities, the tools they may have used, and the relative importance their work played to the success of the railroad.
Historic Landmark - Whistle Stop 2001
Originally constructed in 1896 at a cost of $40,000, the Sedalia Katy Depot served as a train passenger depot until 1958 when the Katy ceased passenger service in the State of Missouri. The first-floor floor plan included a women’s waiting room, a men’s waiting room, an all night lunch room for railroad employees, a kitchen, a formal dining room for the public, and a baggage room. The second floor housed offices of division point employees including resident engineers and telegraphers.
Sedalia & The Railroad - Whistle Stop 2003
A 10 minute DVD summarizes the impact which the two main line and two short line railroads had upon this community. Scale model exhibit buildings replicate actual structures and provide a sense of community the created for and by the railroads. They include the home of a community leader, a home of a railroad worker, the railroad shops, a commercial building with a brothel entrance, a church, a school and a passenger depot.
The Katy Complex - Whistle Stop 2005
Window panels describe the Katy Railroad Complex and its location at the center of Sedalia. Each panel include photographs and Sandborn maps of a specific structure. They describe the Katy Roundhouse, Shops, Employee Hospital, Passenger Depot, Freight Depots and the relevance of the multiple tracks running on both sides of the Depot.
People of Destiny - Whistle Stops 2007 through 2011
Storyboard exhibits onsite and on line provide an introduction to the people who shaped Sedalia’s destiny.
Souviner interactive ‘Souvenir ticket’ contains biographical info to engage visitors through search and find techniques. Visitors are introduced to thirteen individuals and how their lives impacted Sedalia.
George R Smith Sedalia is a product of the railroad - Sedalia’s economy was dependent upon the railroad.
George Duffield Sedalia’s link and legend to the TV Series Rawhide.
Robert Stevens Building the Katy Railroad that connected 33 Missouri Communities to the emerging markets of the Southwest.
Lizzie Cook The soiled doves of Sedalia’s infamous Red Light District entered the market place as business
women and tried to adopt capitalist attitudes and behaviors while attempting to adopt middle
Bradford Gilbert All across America, depots were places of human drama, commerce and communication.
Nellie Stark Ragtime ... the man, the music, the place.
William Gentry Missouri State Fair ... Ambitions, Traditions, Transitions
Louis Monsees Limestone Valley Farm’s World Famous Mules
Anna Orphan trains and their riders
Mrs Whiteman Anywhere, Anytime ... the namesake of Whiteman Air Force Base
Acquisition of the Katy Railroad right of way and the Development of the Katy Trail
Miss Katy Transformation of the Katy Depot and it’s current use
Working on the Railroad - Whistle Stop 2012
Individual exhibit cases feature specific categories of railroad employees who worked to build the railroad; to build and service the trains, to connect passengers, mail and freight to their destinations; to serve train passengers; to maintain the right of way; and to care for injured railroad employees. Specific introductions include the railroad baron, general manager, architect, stockholder, gandy dander, draftsman, signal shop, sign shop, upholster, engineer, porter, cook, detectives station agent, ticket gent, baggage handler, Katy girl, district engineer, division superintendent, train master, dispatcher, physician and the Katy Bear.
2012 Exhibit Artifact Donors:
Chris Cruz Robert Stevens James Smith Family
James Hamilton Jack Shoemaker Doug Rhoads
Perry Smith Shirley Ploegger Perry & Linda Anderby
Kathleen Boswell Betty Jett Maxine Lyon Henty
Barbara Ilges George Diotte Mark Zimmerchied
Derek Cohn William Copas Melody Chapman
H L Overmier Family Willia Brunhurst CLyde Brownfield
Greg Harrell A C Heckenliable Edmund Boillot
Nancy Sanders Charlotte Phillips Robert HIldebrand
Bob Jones Jim Keck O J Smith Family
Charles BEnnette / Kathy Sietrich
Kathleen Phillips Bunch / Norma Bunch Glenn / John Mark Bunch
Missouri State Historical Society Missouri State Archives
Pettis County Historical Society William Claycomb
Katy Railroad Historical Society Working on the Railroad
All Aboard! The Golden Age of American Rail Travel
The Twilight of Steam Locomotives Fairwell to Steam
Train Wrecks Portrait of the Rails
Joe Fischer Consulting
State Fair Community College
Bothwell Regional Health Center
SHF & Associates
Art & Graphics
Forrest Park Landscape & Irrigation
Robert Treuner Masonry
Sedalia Lion's Club
Thanks to Jeff Smith who provided funding for the "All Aboard" exhibit banners currently on display at the Katy Depot. The red white and blue design was courtesy of Myrna Ragar and compliments the patriotic theme of banners throughout the community.
Jeff's dad, E B Smith moved to Sedalia in the 1940's and remained here until his death in 2007. He was an accountant by profession, served on the City Council, served as Lions Club District Governor for three terms, and held other business community leadership positions.
Special Project Sponsors
Doug & Connie Kiburz