The Restored Burlington Northern Depot & WWII Memorial Museum
Located in the Depot Hill Historic Preservation District
“ Honoring Veterans & Celebrating Railroad Heritage ! “
Red Oak Junction Days at the Depot !
Friday, 28 June 2019, noon to 6 pm, &
Sunday, 30 June 2019, noon to 4 pm
(doors open 11:30 am both days)
Year 2019 – Sesquicentennial of the east-west railroad
in Southwest Iowa, and the communities of
Creston, Red Oak, Hastings, Emerson, and Malvern.
The Burlington & Missouri River Railroad [B&MRR] laid
track west from near Creston, and east from the
Missouri River, converging at Hastings, 18 NOV 1869.
From Burlington Bulletin, #11 (1st quarter 1984), p 5:
“Actually, the line [B&MRR] was completed with a last spike
driven at Hastings, 14 miles west of Red Oak, since track
crews had begun pushing the rails eastward from
East Plattsmouth earlier that fall to speed the line’s completion.”
Also in 1869, the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads
converged their tracks In Utah, completing the first U.S.
“transcontinental” railroad line (a continuous coast to coast track
was competed in 1870, with the construction of a bridge in Colorado).
The UPRR bridge between Omaha and Council Bluffs was completed
in 1873. The CB&Q Plattsmouth bridge spanning the
Missouri River was completed in 1880.
Red Oak events: Thursday thru Sunday, 27 - 30 June, 2019.
Special Railroad Sesquicentennial Event on
Saturday, 06 July 2019 in Uptown Creston, 10 am to 3 pm !
BNSF Locomotive & two Business Cars OPEN TO THE PUBLIC