Near Kirkwood in St. Louis County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Missouri Pacific Today...
In 1980, the Missouri Pacific was finally merged into what has today become one of the dominant railroads in the United States — the Union Pacific. The old route from St. Louis to Kansas City, with some alterations, continues to be utilized by the UP. Here at the Museum of Transportation, we are fortunate to have one of the two original Barretts Tunnels and a portion of the former track to Barrett Station. The land was donated by the Missouri Pacific in the 1950s. Often, as one walks the grounds of the museum, a UP train will make its way behind the property, a reminder that the founders of the Pacific Railroad, despite it all, have reached their goal: the tracks are part of a railroad network that connects St. Louis to the west coast.
Many historians have argued that for St. Louis, the failure to establish a competitive railroad in the 19th century led to Chicago's economic dominance of the Midwest. A combination of setbacks prevented the Pacific Railroad from quickly meeting up to its developers' aspirations. Nevertheless, the Pacific Railroad's story provides a window into railroad development in the United States and an extreme portrait of the difficulties posed in their early construction. the line's continued use suggests that the blood, sweat and tears shed in dealing with these difficulties were not all in vain.
Erected by Museum of Transportation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 38° 34.325′ N, 90° 27.643′ W. Marker is near Kirkwood, Missouri, in St. Louis County. Marker can be reached from Barrett Station Road east of Old Dougherty Ferry Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3015 Barrett Station Road, Saint Louis MO 63122, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jay Gould and the Missouri Pacific (here, next to this marker); The Pacific Railroad of Missouri: Audacious Dreams & Harsh Realities (here, next to this marker); Ground-breaking! (here, next to this marker); #30 (here, next to this marker); Riot in the Tunnels (a few steps from this marker); Civil War Destruction (a few steps from this marker); #2804 (a few steps from this marker); The Pacific Railroad Controversy (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kirkwood.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 28, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 54 times since then and 12 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on April 28, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.