Rocheport to New Franklin - Rocheport, MO
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N 38° 58.653 W 092° 33.654
15S E 538034 N 4314376
Another guide and highlight marker at the Katy Trail Trailhead, this one in Rocheport.
Waymark Code: WM15V3N
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 02/28/2022
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Geo Ferret
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County of marker: Boone County
Location of marker: 1st St. & Ward St., Rocheport
Marker erected: 2010
Marker erected by: Missouri Department of Natural Resources

The distance to New Franklin is 9.9 miles. This section of trail is tree- or bluff-lined with views of the agricultural landscape.

Heading west from Rocheport, Katy Trail State Park users cross Moniteau Creek at milepost 178.8. This bridge was built in 1943 after an earlier bridge burned when an ammunition train exploded. After crossing the bridge, take a short detour to Diana Bend Conservation Area overlook. This area offers visitors an opportunity to visit a wetland along the Katy Trail.

At milepost 178.9 is the one and only tunnel on the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Line. The blackened ceiling stands as a reminder of the trains that passed through this tunnel from 1893 to 1986. The tunnel is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Davidson Conservation Area (milepost 182.2) offers primitive camping, hiking, picnicking, hunting, fishing, frogging, outdoor photography, nature study and wildlife viewing. At the former site of Pearsons is an expansive view of cropfields.

The trail crosses Bonne Femme Creek at milepost 187.8. Capts. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark camped at the old mouth of this creek on June 7, 1804. Lewis and two men paddled partway up the Bonne Femme.

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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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