The new, yet historic monument marks the location of the first large-scale effort to drive cattle from Texas to the nearest railhead for shipment to Chicago. This initial cattle drive first occurred in 1866, when many Texas ranchers banded together to drive their cattle to the Trail’s End in Sedalia, Missouri, the closest point that railroad tracks reached.
The Starline Brass Trail’s End Plaza features a steam train engine, livestock rail car, and caboose from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. It also features authentic replicas of a windmill and water tower from that time period. In front of the monument, several bronze statues of a cowboy on a horse driving cattle represent the historic journey in 1866.
The goal of the project was to create a historic, artistic, and educational representation of the history of Sedalia, Missouri and the United States. For the final stage of the project, a trail will be built to connect the plaza to the nearby, historic Katy Trail. Members of the Starline Brass Trail’s End Plaza committee are working towards having the plaza recognized as a national landmark.
The Starline Brass Trail’s End Plaza was dedicated in an official ceremony Saturday, April 25, 2015. Starline Brass owners, Bob and Barbara Hayden were recognized for their significant contribution to the project, earning the naming rights as the Starline Brass Trail’s End Plaza. The ceremony included a train robbery reenactment, live music from the time period, and recognition to all the sponsors and contributors of the project.
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