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Red River Railroad Museum
124 West Main Street, Denison, Texas 75021
Open Thursday-Friday-Saturday from 11 AM to 4PM.
One block west of Historic Katy Depot

We will be closed on Friday December 24th Christmas Eve and Saturday December 25th Christmas Day. The museum will operate our normal schedule for New Years Eve and New Years Day. Bring the kids and grandkids to check out our new displays, exhibits and train safety cartoons.
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101 East Main St., Suite 145, Denison, Texas 75021

Come see pioneer heritage that has been carefully preserved for you. The Red River Railroad Museum is located inside the restored Historic Katy Depot in downtown Denison, Texas. Just one hour North of Dallas, you will find thousands of treasured memories from the golden era of the railroads. A museum filled with thousands of rail related artifacts, rows of display cases, every wall covered with photos. Multiple collections of books and maps, everything covering railroad history in the Denison area and beyond. In 1872, the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railway established a railhead in the wilderness just south of the Red River in Texas. The town of Denison grew up around it with 3000 folks moving into the new settlement in the first 100 days. The rapidly growing city soon came to be known as the Gate City of Texas.

Dension is famous for numerous historical firsts in the country. These include having the first interurban railway in Texas between Denison and Sherman in 1901. Although no Golden Spike Event was celebrated in the city, the first North-South Trans-Continental rail link occurred in Denison on March 13, 1873.

The Katy Depot is the former passenger station and general office building of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad. The depot was the center of operations for the railroad until it's merger with the Union Pacific Railroad on August 12, 1988. Also called Union Depot, it was the transportation center of the city and was used by other railroads. These included the Frisco and the Houston and Texas Central later to become part of the Southern Pacific Railroad. Located one block east of downtown Denison off U.S. Business 69, the depot is opposite the highway overpass from the former location of the M-K-T Denison Carshops. The Katy Depot and a small part of the once huge Ray Yards are all that remain of a major point on the Katy System. The former site of the first and second Katy Depots is not far away, the second depot remained as storage after the current Katy Depot open in 1911 and was torn down sometime after 1914. Every famous Katy passenger train used the depot boarding passengers for travel from Denison to the many destinations throughout the Katy System. Although all passenger service ended on the Katy in the mid 1960s, the depot remained the general offices for the railroad until the merger with the Union Pacific Railroad.

After visiting the museum, check out the many interesting sites nearby including the ex Perrin Air Force Base Museum and President Dwight D. Eisehower Birthplace . The historic Travelers Hotel, along with many unique antique stores, art and crafts stores and galleries, a short stroll down historic Main Street and downtown Dension. Also check out the Texas Lakes Trail website for more local adventures.


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