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Cherryvale Hall of Fame and History Museum 1871-1960
Located in the Leatherock Hotel Bed & Breakfast's Southeast Hallway Display Area

A history of Cherryvale's transportation, businesses, industries, and the people who made it happen will be displayed in the Cherryvale Hall of Fame and Museum on the east display wall of the Leatherock Hotel Bed & Breakfast's main floor hallway. It will cover the day the Leavenworth, Lawrence and Galveston Railroad platted the city in 1871 up to the year of 1960. Featured on the opposite west display wall will be the American Transportation Hall of Fame and Museum (see below).

The 31-room brick Leatherock Hotel Bed & Breakfast, built in 1912 to serve train travelers arriving in Cherryvale from the 24 daily passenger trains, is currently undergoing restoration managed by the Pacific Coast Railroad Management Corporation. Steeped with railroad history, the former St. Louis and San Francisco "Frisco" depot was located just north across Front Street from the hotel and was recently demolished. Today, only the concrete foundation and some of the flooring remain as evidences of existence.

The beautifully restored Cherryvale Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway depot, still located south of the hotel on Depot Street, had a 3-block long brick passenger platform connecting the two depots which still parallels the front veranda of the Leatherock Hotel Bed & Breakfast. 

This section of the web site and the museum Hall of Fame is presently under construction...Please come back soon for future progress.
 

Transportation Hall of Fame and Museum
1871-1960
Located in the Leatherock Hotel Bed & Breakfast's Southeast Main Floor Hallway and the Level Museum Area

American Transportation Hall of Fame
Located in the Southwest Hallway Display Area

A history of America's transportation will be displayed in photographs, drawings, models, and memorabilia items from horseback to wagon, to personal motor car, to commercial vehicles, and in detail the history of America's rail transportation. The American Transportation Hall of Fame and Museum will be located on the west display wall of the Leatherock Hotel Bed & Breakfast's main floor hallway. As you travel down the combined 132 foot Hall of Fame, one can compare both the Nation's and Cherryvale's transportation accomplishments by people, inventers, and businesses in the fields of government, communications, entertainment, science and the arts on the adjacent display walls. Both Hall of Fame displays will commence in 1871, the year Cherryvale was platted, and progress decade by decade to the 1950s. As you travel down memory lane between 1pm and 4pm daily, you can also review the decorating styles featured in the B&B rooms or suites from the 1912 Bertha Leatherock guest room, the 1920s Louis Brooks Art Deco suite to the 1950s Vivian Vance guest room. 

This section of the web site and the museum Hall of Fame is presently under construction...Please come back often for updated museum progress.
 

Union Electric Railway Interurban Trolley Museum 1904-1947
Located in this web site and the Leatherock Hotel Bed & Breakfast's Southeast Hallway Display Area

Originally called the Union Traction Company, the Union Electric Railway Company interurban trolley system extended  88-miles providing transportation service for local residents for several decades. It traveled from the City of Nowata, Oklahoma, with stops at Delaware, Lenapah, Howden, and South Coffeyville in Oklahoma, and north stopping at the southeast Kansas cities of  Coffeyville, Dearing, Jefferson, Blake, Independence, Cherryvale,  Mortimer, Dennis, and finally terminating in Parsons, Southeastern Kansas. Most of the right-of-way is still intact and discernable today.

This section of the web site and the museum Hall of Fame is presently under construction...Please come back often for updated information.

For the history of Union Electric Railway, please click here.       
Enjoy a Historic Union Electric Trolley Photo Tour, please click here.
 

Mid-Western Railroaders' Hall of Fame and Museum
Located in the Hotel's Southeast Hallway Display Area and the Lower Level Museum Area

The Mid-Western Railroaders' Hall of Fame and Museum, a nonprofit organization actively involved in historic preservation of our Nation's rail heritage, has announced that it has chosen the main hallway display areas and lower level Museum area of the Leatherock Hotel Bed & Breakfast , Cherryvale, Kansas, as the home of its Mid-Western Railroaders' Hall Of Fame & Museum. The historic hotel is located at the rail crossing of the former St. Louis and San Francisco "Frisco" and Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway's tracks. Future plans call for an operational model train display portraying the history of railroading in southeast Kansas in the various popular modeling scales or sizes. This museum's operating multi-scale layouts will be housed in the larger west side wing of the lower level basement of the hotel. This multi-scaled layout will be operable from the bay window of a replica train station. Future plans include the reproduction of a Santa Fe Railway Super Chief lounge car interior, a special room to be used for birthday parties and other family occasions with full views of the multi-scale operating train layouts. Special exhibit rooms will display operating circus and military trains with other items of circus and military history and memorabilia.

A full-size Pullman sleeping and baggage railcar presently is being replicated on the east side of the lower level wing. Railfans, as well as fishermen, hunters, and other travelers, can experience sleeping aboard a turn-of-the-century Pullman railcar which offered the best of accommodations along the Santa Fe system during the glorious days of steam engines and steel rails and elegant travel. The main floor of the hotel and the lower level museum area will be handicap accessible.

Presently, the museum group is restoring the 1918 Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Car #30, an open-platform private railcar used by Santa Fe executives. In the mid-1950s, this 85 foot Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railway business car traveled the entire Santa Fe rail system filming key locations for use as training aids by future diesel engineers in their "training simulation facility". AT&SF Car #30 was the first business car built new for Santa Fe executives. This heavy-weight car was special built for the railroad by the Pullman Company and delivered to the Santa Fe. Previous business cars were rebuilt by the Santa Fe from older passenger car sleepers and coaches. Locomotives, cabooses, passenger cars and freight rolling stock, along with  stories of their manufacture, operation, maintenance, and history, are future museum collectibles that are under consideration for display.  Specialized railroad equipment will also be sought.

The Mid-Western Railroaders' Hall Of Fame provides a way to honor railroad personnel across the mid- and western part of United States, western Canada, and Mexico. The purpose is to educate and inform the public about the contributions railroader workers and builders have made to the railroad industry through interpretive displays, models, memorabilia and equipment. The emphasis is on workers who have helped build and operate railroads in this four state area. You can nominate a railroader, friend or relative, famous and unknown, to the Railroaders' Hall of Fame. Tell us why he/she should be included in the Hall of Fame, the name of the railroad or railroads they worked for, the years worked, and their outstanding achievements, if any.  If a photograph is available, please include this information on the email Nomination Form. Stories and/or articles about locomotive engineers, conductors, firemen, brakemen, call boys, telegraphers, depot operators, switchmen, dispatchers, track workers, bridge builders, signal maintainers, railroad builders, and officials, published and unpublished, are also sought for this museum's collection covering the four state area.

Actively being sought are railroad photographs, prints, drawings, and paintings; local and national historical maps; transportation books, magazines, and journals; rulebooks, timetables, operating manuals, train orders and other railroad documents and technical data; transportation personal memoirs, published or unpublished, including pioneer journals and wartime diaries; and other transportation memorabilia.. Also being sought  are photographs, stories and documents on ethic minorities, Native Americans, and the women who helped build the railroad industry.

All donations, monetary and/or railroad equipment and memorabilia, for the not-for-profit Mid-Western Railroaders' Hall Of Fame and Museum, as well as for the Western Railroaders' Hall of Fame and Museum in California, are tax deductible and can be sent to:

Mid-Western Railroaders' Hall of Fame & Museum
420 North Depot Street, Cherryvale, KS 67335
email: jghcandm@aol.com                  Phone: 620 336-3350
 

A visitors responds:
The sight and sound of the steam locomotive
has inspired generations of songwriters, poets, and "just plain folks." The iron horse made the modern world. America moved West to the steam whistle's echo. Precious ore and coal rode rails down the mountains. Epic cattle dives went to railroad corrals. Farmers sent hard-won harvests to distant markets. 19th and early 20th century immigrants boarded America's steam trains for dreams of a better life. Sweethearts bid farewell as troop trains took solders to uncertain fates. All the while, conductors called "All Aboard" for faraway opportunities.

The steam engine is a living symbol--of the Industrial Revolution, the Westward Expansion, places past the horizon, the world's first rich industrialists--and the moment when machine power replaced animal power. America is a nation on wheels: they're in our lives, our history, our films, our music, and our folklore. And once, those wheels drove chariots of fire upon magic carpets made of steel. The power that has excited and inspired generations, hopefully will continue to live again in your museum. Congratulations on the Mid-Western Railroaders Hall of Fame and Museum.  --Larry Wines, Founder and Director of The Friends of STEAM

You know you're in a small town when Third Street and the railroad tracks are the edge of town...

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Leatherock Hotel Bed & Breakfast 
A Historic Railroad Hotel/Suite and Museum
420 North Depot Street         Cherryvale, KS 67335
Information and Reservations   620 336-3350
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