Treloar to McKittrick - Treloar, MO
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N 38° 38.604 W 091° 11.276
15S E 657700 N 4278763
On the Katy Trail if going west from Treloar, this tells you what is coming up.
Waymark Code: WMRBEM
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 06/04/2016
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member MountainWoods
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County of marker: Warren County
Loction of marker: Katy Trail trailhead milepost 84.7
Marker erected: 2000
Marker erected by: Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Marker text:

Treloar to McKittrick
points of interest
Katy Trail State Park users cover the largest segment between trailheads on the entire trail from Treloar to McKittrick: 16.1 miles. Treloar, another railroad town founded with the arrival of the Katy in 1892, has two old grain elevators as remainders of how important the railroad was to local economies. After running in the floodplain for three miles from Treloar, the Katy Trail meets the Missouri River shortly after milepost 87. The Smith Creek bridge is at the river's edge.

From Bernheimer, the Katy Trail enters one of the most spectacular stretches pf the state park. The small former railroad villages of Gore and Case stand at mileposts 93.8 and 96.9. Between Bernheimer and Gore, trail users have outstanding views of the river and bluffs. Gore was one of many Katy towns on this stretch -- along with McKittrick and Case -- named for Missouri, Kansas and Eastern Railroad investors. The rail line here was especially vulnerable to floods.

For about the last seven miles of this segment, the trail to McKittrick runs near Loutre Slough, which branches off from the Loutre River and later empties into the Missouri River. These seven miles offer classic Katy scenery of high dolomite bluffs on one side of the trail and bottomland agriculture on the other. McKittrick is a former Katy railroad town, and remains of the depot foundation and coal sheds are still present in the trailhead area.

History of Mark:
The Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (MKT)
Begun in the 1870s, the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, also known as the Katy, ran through much of the Missouri River valley by the 1890s. With the Pacific Railroad running from St. St. Louis to Jefferson City by 1856 and the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad becoming the first cross-state railroad in 1859, the Katy was a relative late comer to the railroad game. However, it provided a vital link between the agriculture of central Missouri and the quickly developing American southwest. The Katy added to Missouri's prosperity, supporting towns along the corridor and causing several new towns, such Mokane and Tebbetts, to spring up almost overnight.

The Katy Ceases Operation
In the fall of 1986, the Katy experienced severe flooding that washed out several miles of track. Due to the cost of repair, the fact that railroad use was in decline, and the company was in financial trouble, the company decided to cease operations. On Oct. 4, 1986, trains 101 and 102 became the very last trains to use the corridor and the Katy ceased operations on its route from Sedalia to Machens.

The Railroad Amendment
The National Trails System Act Amendments of 1983 provided that railroad corridors no longer needed for active rail service can be banked for future transportation needs and used on an interim basis for recreational trails. When the Katy Railroad ceased operations, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources filed for a certificate of interim trail use for the corridor from Sedalia to Machens and it was granted in April 1987. The department used the opportunity to develop one of the most successful rails-to-trails conversions in the United States.

The Development of Katy Trail State Park
The first section of the trail from Rocheport to McBaine opened in April on 1990. In August of 1990, another section from Augusta to jut northeast of Defiance opened. The rail corridor from St. Charles to just past Sedalia was developed by 1996. Through a donation from the Union Pacific Railroad, the department then extended the trail to Clinton, opening the section between Sedalia and Clinton in September of 1999. Funds from the Missouri Department of Transportation will be used for construction of the final section of Katy Trail from St. Charles to Machens. Future plans include the Rock Island Trail-Katy Connector, which will connect the trails at Windsor to Pleasant Hill.

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