Caldwell in Sumner County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Railroad Inﬂuence
The railroad brought Caldwell new families, the mail, fertilizer for the farms, parts for the tractors, revenue for the city, cafes and merchants, and more than a small amount of aggravation for drivers at rail crossings. Hobos lived along the right-of-way in cardboard boxes, generations of children laid pennies on the rails and dreamed of far away places, and adults watched in amazement as the "Rocket" or other futuristic locomotive, pulling unknown people and goods, roared through town.
A century later there are fewer Caldwell citizens and fewer trains. But like old friends, each knows that things would have been much different
Erected by The Caldwell Historical Society.
Location. 37° 1.892′ N, 97° 36.427′ W. Marker is in Caldwell, Kansas, in Sumner County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street (U.S. 81) and West 1st Avenue, on the right when traveling south on South Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 103 South Main Street, Caldwell KS 67022, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Leland Hotel (here, next to this marker); Native Stone Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Stock Exchange Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Chisholm (within shouting distance of this marker); Chisholm Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Caldwell "The Border Queen" / On This Site (within shouting distance of this marker); The Last Chance Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); Talbot Gang Shootout (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Caldwell.
More about this marker. This marker replaced an older marker. titled 'Main Street '96'.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 104 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on August 6, 2016.