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
A century later there are fewer Caldwell citizens and fewer trains. But like old friends, each knows that things would have been much different if not for the other. After so many years even a train approaching whistle is to Caldwell more a sound of greeting than of warning.
Erected by The Caldwell Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical date for this entry is June 13, 1880.
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. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 103 South Main Street, Caldwell KS 67022, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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 The Last Chance Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); Talbot Gang Shootout (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Caldwell.
More about this marker. This marker replaced an older marker. titled 'Main Street '96'.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 6, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 324 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 6, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.