October 16, 2012
Train Town USA Designation for Warrensburg, Missouri
By Jack Miles, The Daily Star-Journal, Warrensburg, Mo.
Oct. 12--WARRENSBURG -- Representatives from Union Pacific and Amtrak will award the Train Town USA designation to the city at 11 a.m. Friday at the train deport, 100 S. Holden St.
The event will be followed by a reception in the depot's Jack Moore Community Room.
"Featured speaker for the event is Nick Fry, curator of the John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library. He will speak on railroad history in Missouri and Warrensburg. Train artwork will also be on display," city information states.
Attention being paid to the backs of Pine Street next to the train depot -- in the days leading up to the Train Town USA designation -- received notice from Union Pacific Public Safety Manager John Simpson. Simpson said he liked what he saw during a visit to the city Wednesday.
"They're doing a very nice job of addressing the aesthetics of the backs of these buildings," Simpson said.
Volunteers from the city, the University of Central Missouri and Warrensburg Main Street have worked for about a month to beautify the backs of the buildings through carpentry, painting, plumbing and landscaping. They are getting the area ready for the UCM/community Homecoming Parade on Saturday, followed by Union Pacific recognizing Warrensburg as a Train City USA.
"This year is the 150th anniversary of the Union Pacific Co. We were signed into being with Abraham Lincoln's signature with the Transcontinental Railroad Act," Simpson said. "Most of the communities evolved around the railroad's expansion,"
These days, railroads deliver to regional distribution points where trucks may pick up and deliver freight along city streets and to outlying communities, Simpson said. But when rail lines first came to communities, businesses wanted to be near the tracks so train freight could be loaded into the backs of buildings, sorted and placed in store fronts for sale, he said.
"Consequently, and with Warrensburg, we see the back of a lot of the buildings," Simpson said. "Goods went to and from the rail from the businesses."
A Railroad Train Raided by a Gang of Pickpockets. Kansas' City, June 1. — Pickpockets raided a Missouri Pacific train from Warrensburg, Mo., crowded with Dunkards returning home. One Dunkurd minister was relieved of $1800 in money, another of $800 and a gold watch. Different members of the party lost watches and other valuables.
The Butler weekly times. (Butler, Mo.), 26 Dec. 1895
Jacob Fetterling, one of the oldest and best known farmers of Johnson county living near Warrensburg, was instantly killed in teh Mo. Pacific yards at Warrensburg the other day by an engine. His head being severed from his body.