The Sedalia Katy Depot

Sedalia Missouri's  Visitor Center and Year-Round Historic Railroad Destination

Katy Lady

Symbol of MKT Hospitality

"The image of Miss Katy began over 100 years ago.  Railroads competed for passenger traffic and it is believed that the portrayal of an elegant lady traveling alone would show the public the safety and cleanliness of rail travel on the MK&T.  The concept was popular and Miss Katy became a famous symbol of the railroad.
For the most part, the Miss Katy image had ceased to be used by the 1920's.  When John Barriger took over the reigns of the M-K-T in 1965, he sought to improve the railroad and its image.  Barriger was an excellent public relations specialist and he chose to revive the historic Miss Katy. 

Jane Kairuz was chosen for her "girl next door" image and soon became a popular and easily recognizable figure on Katy advertising and tours with President Barriger.  Her part in the promotional campaign was considered an effective part of the new image sought by the railroad.

Information provided by Chris Cruz