Denison in Grayson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
In 1865 the Union Pacific Railway Southern Branch was incorporated to build a railroad from the St. Louis-Kansas City area to the Gulf of Mexico. In 1870, with construction completed to the border of Indian Territory, the line was renamed the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad. This title was often shortened to M-K-T, which led to the familiar nickname by which the line is best known -- "The Katy."
Following the route of an old cattle trail, the Katy became the first railroad to cross Indian Territory, now the State of Oklahoma, and enter Texas from the north. On Christmas Day 1872, over 100 passengers rode the first Katy train into Denison, a new townsite named for M-K-T Vice President George Denison. The construction and acquisition of branch lines soon extended the Katy east to Greenville, west to Rotan and Wichita Falls, and south to Galveston and San Antonio. By 1904, the system had over 1,000 miles of track in Texas. The railroad transported cattle, cotton, and other crops to market. It also carried passengers on such trains as the "Texas Special" and the "Katy Flyer" before passenger service ended in 1965.
Today (1975) Denison is a division headquarters on the M-K-T and the home of about 600 railroad employees.
Erected 1975 by Texas State Historical Commission
Location. 33° 45.335′ N, 96° 32.108′ W. Marker is in Denison, Texas, in Grayson County. Marker is at the intersection of Houston Avenue (Texas Route 120) and Main Street, on the right when traveling north on Houston Avenue. Click for map. Monument is on the west grounds of the former Union Station passenger depot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 East Main Street, Denison TX 75021, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Veterans Memorial (here, next to this marker); Katy Park Rededication (a few steps from this marker); Signal Company Texas 36th Inf. Div. Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); North-South Railway Connection (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The E. M. Kohl Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Birthplace of President Dwight D. Eisenhower (approx. half a mile away); Texas Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Dwight David Eisenhower (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Denison.
Also see . . .
1. Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad. (Submitted on April 7, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Missouri Kansas Texas. (Submitted on April 7, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Katy Railroad Historical Society. (Submitted on April 7, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Red River Railroad Museum, Denison TX. (Submitted on April 7, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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