On this day, we strike out easterly from Kansas City. We take a short drive along Cliff Drive Missouri State Scenic Byway for both the scenic drive and was also told there are good photograph points over the yard. Found lots of trees and the few place I saw the yard it wasn’t worth taking any shots.
We then head for Independence, MO to visit the National Frontier Trails Museum and Lisa and I both had family that traveled west by wagon train.
Next door to the museum is the Chicago & Alton Railroad Depot that also has a second floor where the Station Master family lived. Got a great tour by the caretakers!!! Also here in town is the MoPac Depot that today is the Amtrak Station (a.k.a. Truman Depot) and they have a MoPac Caboose sitting outside.
After taking in lunch, we head for Buckner, MO. Here we track down the MoPac Combination Depot. To our surprise we also find a MoPac Caboose sitting with it…
It’s marked “Sedalia Yards Only” as in Sadalia, MO so it’s a few miles from home.
Our last destination of the day is Lexington, MO where we first visit the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site (Civil War).
We also track down the “Madonna of the Trail” for Missouri that is related to wagon trail history.
We have to take an interesting back road to get to the CB&Q Combination Depot put we found it as well.
Back to Kansas City and to our hotel in Overland Park. We will need our rest before taking on Day #07…