of the railroad
It’s been a long time since
the lonesome cry of a steam locomotive resounded in the north-central
Missouri town of Trenton. That’s why long-time residents of this
railroad town are looking forward to Trenton’s Sesquicentennial
Celebration to be held June 28-July 4.
One highlight of the town’s
150th birthday party is the scheduled arrival of Union Pacific’s
Corn Belt Rocket, a restored working steam engine that is featured
on our cover. The last steam engine built for Union Pacific, No. 844
was delivered in 1944. It was designed as a high-speed passenger engine
but was placed in freight service near the end of the steam era.
locomotives like No. 844 could hit speeds over 100 mph in their day.
It was saved from the scrap heap in 1960 and painstakingly restored
to serve as the railroad’s ambassador of goodwill. The train’s
arrival is just one of many activities planned for the four-day celebration.
will roll out the red carpet for visitors with a parade, Wild West
entertainment, bed races, nationally recognized musicians, street dances,
live theater, a quilt show, fashion show and fire truck rides, to name
just a few. Many events will continue the railroad theme, including
a look at the Mainliners model train exhibit and railroad vendors with
items for sale.
Other attractions will focus on
the town’s rich
history. These include a historical musical comedy to be held at the
Hoover Theater, tours of historic buildings (such as the Jewett Norris
Library pictured at left) and a movie based on historic Trenton. The
event concludes on the Forth of July with the traditional fireworks
and a slam-dunk contest.
For more information, call (660)