Strong City Depot & Railroad Park

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Located at 204 West Topeka Avenue, Strong City, KS 66869

Strong City is named after William Barstow Strong, the Vice President and General Manager of the Santa Fe Railway System in 1881. The city thrived due to the railroad and in 1913 the one story, pressed brick depot was built in the mission style, trimmed in native limestone and decorative brick with a tile roof.

The depot has recently completed the main portion of the restoration with funds from a Transportation Enhancement Grant of $468,951 partnered with the city, a Jones Testamentary Trust, Wiedeman Foundation and two local families. Remaining funds were secured by providing tax credits.

Work began in March of 2014, and now restored, the depot will not only be the home of railroad memorabilia but will also provide the opportunity to host meetings and events. The restored depot will also be the new site of the Strong City Hall as of Monday, August 14, 2015.

W.B. Strong Memorial Railroad Park

The W.B. Strong Memorial Railroad Park is commonly called the Caboose Park and was established in 1997 through a matching ISTEA Grant from KDOT. The authentic Santa Fe Caboose is the main feature but it is surrounded by picnic tables, flowerbeds and walkways.

This park has been adopted by the Chase County Girl Scout Troops and they assist in the upkeep of the flowerbeds and decorations for Halloween and Christmas. Local children converge to the park for the opening event of the Chase County Christmas. Christmas music abounds and a train conductor welcomes all. Once the “All Aboard” is called, the children climb the caboose stairs and receive a gift from Santa’s helper. The Girl Scouts hand out hot chocolate and cookies and one lucky boy and girl wins a large package of goodies donated by Valent Aerostructures.

Don’t let the weather stop you, but be safe!!!

Don’t let the weather stop you, but be safe!!!

This winter is really testing us! I know it is Kansas and winters here can be tough, but come on!! I am reminded that it will be spring again sooner or later by the baby goats and calves that are being born. I love the pictures on social media of the newborns. Last Tuesday I…

Shop for Your Valentine or Yourself!

Shop for Your Valentine or Yourself!

The weather will be beautiful Saturday for a trip to Chase County! Shop for your Valentine or someone special, like yourself! Grab a bite and just enjoy the day! Head on out to Pioneer Bluffs Saturday night for an evening of old fashioned fun! Spend the night at one of our guesthouses, hotel or resort…

Good day for a Ride

Good day for a Ride

Wow! What a beautiful Sunday! Hope you got to get our and enjoy it! What a difference a day can make! This morning was brutal, wow that wind! The sun just came out  and this afternoon they say it will warm up a bit. I sure hope they are right. Even on a blustery morning…

Maybe no sun but there will be open signs!

Maybe no sun but there will be open signs!

Chase County is the place to be today! Forecasted high is 64°! Many of the shops in downtown Cottonwood are open for shopping. Don’t forget all the restaurants  in both Strong City and  Cottonwood Falls  are open today, also. What a beautiful day yesterday was.  I attended a bridal shower at one of the guest…

Open Signs and Sunshine!

Open Signs and Sunshine!

There is still time to find that perfect something! Stores are open until 5pm Some open on Sunday! I was a beautiful day to be in Chase County. I saw people pushing babies in strollers, riding bikes and just soaking in the sunshine!

Second Edition Chase County Living Magazine Released

Second Edition Chase County Living Magazine Released

Announcing The Second Edition of The Chase County Living Magazine!! Free Copies are available at the Chamber Office or from the box in front of the Chase County Leader Office

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