‘Falls City Railroading’

Bob Ferguson, “Falls City Railroading” presenter, with a photo of the first Missouri Pacific Railroad yard crew in l909. The crew included: Walter Marx, yardmaster; Snyder, switchman; Dixon, fireman; Thayer, engineer; Lynch, switchman. The portion of the model train at the bottom of the photo is one of two models that were exhibited. Photo by Bill Schock

Bob Ferguson, a Missouri Pacific Railroad employee for 43 years, who made a presentation of  “Falls City Railroading” at the annual membership meeting of the Richardson County Historical Society Aug 24, has pursued an vocation of railroad history and especially Missouri Pacific history.

Ferguson, who began his long railroad career in l949 as a Missouri Pacific call boy, retired in l992, as did the railroad’s local existence. In his presentation he traced railroad history in Falls City from its early days. Excerpts from his talk follow:

“The first inkling of Falls City’s reputation as a ‘railroad town,’” he said,  “began l2 years after Falls City became Falls City on June 7, 1869, when an election was held in Richardson County to vote for $250,000 in bonds at 8 percent to aid in construction of a railroad in Richardson County and Falls City. The vote barely carried, 576 to 570, but no contractors were interested.”

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