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Near St. Louis in St. Louis County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

#750

Missouri Pacific

 

1940

 
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 22, 2019
1. #750 Marker
Inscription.  American Car and Foundry built this lightweight parlor- observation car largely of riveted aluminum, with some low-allow, high-tensile steel. It seats 26 first class passenger in individual reclining and rotating parlor seats, six in the observation lounge at is streamlined end (equipped with a radio, clock and speedometer), and five in an enclosed stateroom with a private toilet. It is 84'6" long, 10' wide, and 13'6" high above the rail. Its empty weight is 101,760 pounds, about 9,500 pounds lighter than a car entirely built of low-allow, high tensile steel, and about 40% less than a car of conventional heavy steel construction. The styling, including colors and the sculpted eagle at the rear, was by Raymond Loewy, the famous industrial designer. It ran in "The Eagle," later renamed the "Missouri River Eagle," a pair of daytime streamliners between St. Louis and Omaha via Kansas City. It was often used by President Truman. The two trains went through his home town of Independence, MO at midday in both directions at both ends, and the MP was the logical route to St. Louis and via connections to Washington, D.C. The Truman family used the staterooms
#750 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 22, 2019
2. #750 Marker
on these cars so often that they were known as the "Truman Rooms." Donated by the Missouri Pacific Railroad in 1962.
 
Erected 2013 by Museum of Transportation.
 
Location. 38° 34.331′ N, 90° 27.629′ W. Marker is near St. Louis, 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. #9 (here, next to this marker); The Pacific Railroad Controversy (a few steps from this marker); Civil War Destruction (a few steps from this marker); #2804 (a few steps from this marker); Riot in the Tunnels (a few steps from this marker); The Gasconade Bridge Disaster (a few steps from this marker); Ground-breaking! (a few steps from this marker); The Pacific Railroad of Missouri: Audacious Dreams & Harsh Realities (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Louis.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 28, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 29 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 28, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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