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M-K-T Railroad Museum With Caboose and Depot in Katy, Texas

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Bright red M-K-T caboose in Katy, Texas

Bright red M-K-T caboose in Katy, Texas

M-K-T Railroad Museum

The small but impressive M-K-T Railroad Museum and park also serves as the Information and Tourist Center for visitors to Katy, Texas. The location is 5615 First Street, Katy, Texas 77493. The hours of operation are 9 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday, and 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday.

The restored Missouri-Kansas-Texas Depot and the bright red caboose that are on the property make this park unique.

Last Saturday, my hubby and I visited the M-K-T Railroad Museum and saw it in its new location, which was created in 2006, also as a small park.

We toured the inside of the depot and were amazed at what we got to view. A friendly woman who represents the Katy Historical Society informed us about some of the Katy Depot histories. She led us through the old railroad depot and pointed out different things as we went from one room to the next.

Name of Katy, Texas

The M-K-T Depot was finished being constructed in 1898. Back in those times, it was not as easy to travel from one location to the next. Horses and buggies were still one primary mode of transportation for the average person. Railroads were yet being built across our expanding nation and made it easier to go from one place to another in less time and in more comfort.

Another room was added to the M-K-T Depot in Katy in 1919. That was because segregation was still in existence. The whites would be directed to one waiting room and blacks to another.

Steam engines needed a source of water, and what was to become Katy, Texas, was a good stopping point. This area was initially called Cane Island. Speculation exists that because of the enormous impact the M-K-T railroad had on the expansion of this area, the last 2 letters of the railroad might have influenced the origin of the name Katy.

At the heritage society home tour, we were also told that the name of the town might have been named after a woman who was an accomplished baker. No matter the reasoning behind the name change Katy, Texas is now a bustling town west of Houston with a rich heritage and ever-growing population.

Saving the Historic Depot

In 1977 the depot would have been demolished. Traveling by train at that time was no longer as popular as most people had their own cars. The roads were significantly improved, and air travel had become more affordable. Trains still exist in places but mainly transport commodities instead of people with few exceptions in the United States.

Those who wished to preserve that piece of history in Katy won. The depot was sold to the city for the sum of $25. It had to be relocated, however. My husband and I had seen this depot and caboose in the other location in Katy many years ago. I had created an original linoleum cut art print of it, which can be viewed here. Now it is back next to the railroad tracks where it originally stood.

The Katy Historical Society operates the M-K-T Railroad Museum. Looking at the artifacts contained within the small depot museum, it certainly gives one an idea of what it would have been like back in earlier days if traveling by train.

M-K-T Engine Sighting

One day while we were visiting the Katy Contemporary Art Museum across the street from the M-K-T Railroad Museum, we became excited. There was an authentic M-K-T railroad engine parked on the tracks in front of the railroad park. I quickly grabbed my camera and took some photos.

I hope you enjoyed this look at the M-K-T Railroad Museum. It is worth a stop if you are ever in the area.

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© 2020 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 14, 2020:

Hi Blanca,

Nice to see you here, commenting on one of my posts. We like the Railroad Museum in Rosenberg also. Did you ever visit the Railroad Museum in Galveston?

My only steam train ride was up in Canada with my mother and niece many years ago. It was a step back into time. With my friend in Germany, I got to ride the Glacier Express, and then a cog-wheel train ride up to the Matterhorn.

I love seeing your photos on Facebook occasionally when I scroll down the page. Everyone looks so healthy and happy. We miss you as our neighbors! Hugs!

Blanca. on September 14, 2020:

Very interesting articles about some of the history of train. We had the opportunity to visit the Depot at Katy Tx,and the one on Rosenberg Tx. And we been blessed to travels by train from San Antonio Tx. To Los Angels Ca. And from Por Horon Mi ,to Fullerton Ca. We love trains and History too. When we lived in Scotland we did aslo some traveling by train. Last year got to ride a steam train for a little time in history . Jim and Holden love trains.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 25, 2020:

Hi George,

It sounds like you have good childhood memories of riding trains. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at the M-K-T Railroad Museum.

George on August 25, 2020:

Always enjoy reading about the history of railroads. When I was a very young child, my mother and I took a memorable multistate vacation by rail.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 21, 2020:

Hi Ruby,

If your sister or her husband is still alive, you should ask them where that train ride took place. It would be interesting to know.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 21, 2020:

Hi Ruby,

If your sister or her husband is still alive, you should ask them where that train ride took place. It would be interesting to know.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 21, 2020:

Hi MG Singh,

With the long history of railroads in India, it is excellent that you also have museums celebrating that history.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 21, 2020:

Hi Bill,

One thing is sure. There are many train lovers out there! So places large and small that have anything to do with train transportation are popular places to visit.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 20, 2020:

Hi Pamela,

Katy, Texas, got its start pretty much because of trains traveling through that part of Texas. I guess that is the case with many towns all across the U.S.A. Some towns thrived even after trains were no longer so prominent a means of transporting goods, and others did not.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 18, 2020:

Hi Liz,

I would guess that many such sites from the past have gone by the wayside. The fact of them using this site for a dual purpose (information and tourist site) bodes well for its longevity.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 18, 2020:

This was really interesting to read about the railroad history. I can remember riding a train one time when I was a child, I was with my sister Stella and her husband, but I do not remember where we went.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on April 18, 2020:

Peggy, it's a lovely article. We also have some lovely rail museums in India as the first rail ran in 1861.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 18, 2020:

That would be a fun place to work. Talking to people about trains...a nice gig if you could get it, don't you think?

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 18, 2020:

I am glad there is still something to see and enjoy. I like the idea of preserving history as much as possible. Trains are enjoyable and they were so important for such a long time. I like this article as I like what you wrote about the trains.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 18, 2020:

It's great that this has been preserved for future generations to see. It's sad to realise how many similar sites have probably been lost. You have documented it very well.