2021 Sedalia Commemorative Ornament-Katy Depot
Celebrating its 125 th anniversary, the Sedalia Katy Depot is the featured Christmas ornament this year in the Sedalia Heritage Foundation’s Commemorative Ornament Series. This will make the 37 th year for the series. The limited-edition ornament is a large, 3 ¼-inch frosted white ball with a vintage postcard image of the classic railroad depot.
When the M-K-T (KATY) Depot was built in 1896, at a cost of $40,000, the architect Bradford Gilbert used it to make a statement about the place Sedalia held in the railroad world. It was created in the Romanesque Revival style, modern and well-planned out for its function, with the ground floor for passenger comfort and the upper floor for the men who kept the trains running on-time. Passengers were served here until 1958, and friends of the Depot got it on the National Register for Historic Places in 1979. Restored 1998-2001 in conjunction with the extension of the Katy Trail State Park through Sedalia, it became a showpiece along the Katy Trail’s 237.7 miles.