I’ve always found it fascinating to find out what famous person visited or slept at a place I’ve visited; kind of a twice removed celebrity status type thing. In this case, the place is Missouri. I was driving a brand new K car my Dad bought there for Mom, back to Wisconsin. I’d just gotten my driver’s license, so it was a big deal for me. Mom followed in the old car.
Union Station, St. Joseph, MO
The pictured old vintage postcard is of the Union Station in St. Joseph, MO. The first railroad station (depot) there was built-in 1882, which boasted a hotel on the 2nd floor and horse-drawn taxis (courtesy of the hotel) in front. It was considered a local attraction. Sadly, the first railroad union station burned in 1895.
Who Slept Here?
The second depot, built-in 1896, was just as grand. It boasted a dining room, a barbershop and a shoe shine parlor within it’s high arched ceilings, but no hotel.
Where did visiting celebrities and politicians sleep? I don’t know about Buffalo Bill Cody (who visited once), but former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis slept in a private car there.
Presidents William Howard Taft, Dwight Eisenhower and Woodrow Wilson also visited the second St. Joseph, MO railroad station. President Woodrow Wilson’s visited in 1919, a couple months before suffering a stroke that made him an invalid for the rest of his life.
The second Union Station in St. Joseph, MO was demolished in 1960, victim of the increasing popularity of automobile travel.
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