MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

May 8, 2013

P.M. UPDATE: Museum to celebrate "Railroad Day" on Saturday


— 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. Saturday.

Young and old alike will enjoy model train layouts and railroad exhibits throughout the museum, and 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 east bound, the other west bound, were involved in a fatal accident near Bokoshe in 1958, 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 headquartered in Muskogee and controlled by the Muskogee Company of Philadelphia. They were the only Class  1 railroads to be headquartered in Oklahoma and had a major impact on the development and livelihood of the region. The Muskogee Roads included of 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.