MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

May 10, 2013

Three Rivers Museum to salute railroads today


— Railroads have been an important part of Muskogee since the MK&T put the first line through this area in 1872, establishing the city of Muskogee. Three Rivers Museum, 220 Elgin, will celebrate Railroad Day from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.

Model train layouts and railroad items will be on exhibit throughout the museum, and organizers will offer a guided tour of the 1940s-era switch engine with a view from the engineer’s perspective. A new model of the Midland Valley engines #152 and #153, created by Jim Lemley, will be unveiled.These engines, one eastbound and the other westbound, were involved in a fatal accident in 1958 near Bokoshe, the only known serious accident in the history of the Midland Valley system. The model will be on permanent exhibit in the musuem.

At 1 p.m., Mike Condren will present a program about the “Muskogee Roads,” a system of railroads under common management with its headquarters in Muskogee and under the control of the Muskogee Company of Philadelphia. The only Class 1 railroads to have their headquarters in Oklahoma, they had a major impact on the development and livelihood of the region. The Muskogee Roads included the lines of the Midland Valley, the Kansas, Oklahoma & Gulf, and the Oklahoma City-Ada & Atoka railroads.

Admission is free.

Information: (918) 686-6624 or www.3riversmuseum.com.