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Missouri-Pacific Railroad Depot


category : Railroad History
Missouri-Pacific Railroad Depot In its boom, the railroad had eighteen scheduled trains running daily. With both passengers and freight, the trains were constantly on the move. Downs also had a large roundhouse with a capacity for ten locomotives, and with its well balanced turntable, could turn the heaviest locomotive with ease. Downs still has its railroad, operated by Kyle Railroad of Phillipsburg, which runs several freight trains weekly.

The Depot is currently being remodeled by the Downs Historical Society.


Address: Morgan Avenue, Downtown

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Sod and Stubble Country Self-Guided Auto Tour

Three miles northwest of the city of Downs is located the site of the 1871 homestead of immigrant Henry Ise. In 1873, Henry married seventeen-year old Rosa Haag of Holton, Kansas and brought her west to live. Twelve children (five girls and seven boys) were born on this homestead in the 27

Downs, KS Pioneer Life

Downs Golf Course

The Downs Golf Course is open to the public and located only four miles north of the city. It is a challenging, well kept, nine-hole sand green course.

Downs, KS Golf Courses

Lipton Hotel

The Lipton Hotel was built in 1880 and is still standing. It once sheltered dignitaries and politicians. Today it houses one of the areas finest gift stores on the street level and some of the old rooms upstairs have been converted into modern apartments.

Downs, KS Historic Buildings


The Organ Factory

The historic Baptist Church of 1890 is now home to Richardson's Organ Factory. Tour the factory and learn about organ design from a European-trained organ master.

Downs, KS Historic Churches

Things to do Railroad History near Downs, KS

The Depot

The authentic red brick railroad depot was built in the early 1900's and still displays the authentic red tile roof. The depo...

Depot Market

The renovated former Courtland Depot is now the Depot Market located on US 36 just north of Courtland. Pick your apples from ...