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Washington in Franklin County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Washington's Railroad History

Railroad Heritage Park

 
 
Washington's Railroad History Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), October 6, 2018
1. Washington's Railroad History Marker
Inscription.  
The Pacific Railroad became a reality in Washington in February, 1855. This event allowed Washington to become the largest and most industrialized city in Franklin County. Many changes have occurred since that time within the railroad system.

The Missouri Pacific Railroad gained control of the Texas and Pacific Railroad during the 1960's. Then, during the 1980's, the Missouri Pacific merged into the Union Pacific Railroad system. During that time the laws that required a caboose to be on every train were also eliminated. Thus, Missouri Pacific began donating cabooses to cities and towns along the railroad system's routes as a symbol of the part the railroad played in the history of the territory it served.

The Texas and Pacific Railway built Caboose #11122 at Marshall, Texas in 1929. The City of Washington received the railroad caboose and placed it here for public display on September 11, 1986.

The buildings on each side of the Railroad Heritage Park were used as passenger and freight depots since the railroad system began in the mid-1800's. The wooden structure to the west was built in 1865 as a replacement
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for the original depot that was destroyed during the Civil War. The brick building to the east was constructed in 1923, and it was fully renovated and re-dedicated on August 14, 1999.

Historical information compliments of Gerald J. Michels, Jr. and Joann Redetic.
 
Erected by Lions International.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1855.
 
Location. 38° 33.719′ N, 91° 0.797′ W. Marker is in Washington, Missouri, in Franklin County. Marker is on West Front Street east of Cedar Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 325 West Front Street, Washington MO 63090, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pacific Railroad Depot (a few steps from this marker); Missouri Meerschaum Company (a few steps from this marker); 1865 Missouri Pacific Railroad Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); Missouri Pacific Railway Station (within shouting distance of this marker); The Civil War Comes to Washington (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry A. Hartbauer (within shouting distance of this marker); Pacific House (within shouting distance of
Washington's Railroad History Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), October 6, 2018
2. Washington's Railroad History Marker
this marker); Missouri Pacific Passenger Depot (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Washington.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 8, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 191 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 8, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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