Public Details Released From Excelsior Crash Last Night

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol has posted the details from the crash that happened last night at approximately 10:04pm at the intersection of Highway N and Northeast 108th Street. A 2003 Chevrolet driven by Dalton Hertzberg, 18, failed to yield at a stop sign and pulled into the path of a 2000 Volkswagen driven by Luke Rojas, 28, of Shawnee, Kansas.

In the vehicle with Hertzberg were the following:

• Dalton Hertzberg, 18, sustained minor injury and was transported to Liberty Hospital, was not wearing safety device
• Leo Burns, 3 years old, sustained minor injury and was transported to Liberty Hospital, was wearing safety device
• Skylar Eaves, 18, sustained minor injury and was transported to Liberty Hospital, was not wearing safety device
• Samantha Herzig, 23, sustained minor injury and was transported to Liberty Hospital, was wearing a safety device
• Gaetan Meredith, 17, sustained moderate injury and was transported to Liberty Hospital, was not wearing safety device
• Kaeden Turner, 17, sustained serious injury and was transported to Children’s Mercy Hospital, was not wearing safety device

For full report with details, please click here.

Now Hiring – Excelsior Springs

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Here are some of the latest job postings for the Excelsior Springs area:

Opaa! – Now hiring kitchen managers, cooks, and substitute kitchen staff for the Kearney, School District. Great opportunity for anyone seeking up to 5.5 hours per day, working Monday through Friday during the school year. Must be at least 18 with a HS diploma or equivalent. Opaa! offers competitive wages, merit increases, access to 401k retirement plan, advancement opportunities, free meals, and summers off. Interested applicants, please go to www.opaafood.com/careers to search for Kearney employment opportunities.

Orrick School District – Orrick School District is accepting applications immediately for a Substitute Custodian. Specific information regarding the position may be obtained by contacting Kyle Moyer, Maintenance Supervisor or Scott Archibald. Superintendent at 816-770-0094. Applications are available at orrick.k12.mo.us

Lawson Police Department – Lawson Police Dept is accepting applications for full time Police Officer until Feb. 15th. Must be POST certified. $17.50/hr, full benefits after initial training period. Application at lawsonpolice.com. Mail resume and application to PO Box 185. Lawson, MO 64062; email lawsonpd@lawsonpolice.com.

Contractors Needed to apply coatings on flat or low slope roof. No experience necessary, will train. Give a call if interested 715-447-5467.

Pizza Hut – Delivery Drivers: Pizza Hut in Excelsior Springs is hiring Delivery Drivers. Driver candidates must be at least 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license, vehicle insurance, and must pass an MVR. Drivers get vehicle reimbursement, incentives for accident-free driving and tips. Excellent benefits including 401k with employer match. Apply online at jobs.pizzahut.com.

Excelsior Springs Standard – Part Time, Full Time – The ES Standard is looking for a gifted, versatile writer who specializes in local community reporting. Assignments will vary, some being assigned by Managing Editor and others developed from sources of their own. Candidates must have strong writing ability and photography skills, Part-time leading to full-time based on ability. Send resume and examples of your work to: Brian Rice, brian@leaderpress.com or mail information to Excelsior Springs Standard • PO Box 70 • Excelsior Springs, MO 64024.

Flexible Staffing – Warehouse and Forklift jobs available. Located in Excelsior, Orrick and Richmond. Apply today by contacting 816-630-4600.

Excelsior Springs Job Corps – the ES Job Corps is currently seeking the following positions: Culinary Arts Instructor, Registered Nurse, Career Transition Specialist, CPP Coordinator, RN Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aid Supervisor, Academic Instructor – Substitute, Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), ES Safety Officer, Academic Instructor, and Recreation Specialist. If interested, visit minactjobs.com for more information.

Lake Doniphan – Lake Doniphan Conference and Retreat Center is hiring for various part time positions. This includes Maintenance, Housekeeping, and Kitchen Staff. We are also seeking Program Staff(Lifeguards) for the summer. (We will provide Lifeguard’s with training for Certifications if required) If you have any questions please email me at : adam@lakedoniphan.com Background Checks will be required.

Tri-County Mental Health – Tri-County Mental Health Services is looking for a Prevention Specialist . Position Summary This position is responsible for coalition administrative details/oversight, program planning, implementation, and evaluation of strategies implemented under the Northland Coalition and those coalitions in Ray County, Missouri. The position is responsible for project development, community mobilizing, grant/budget management. For more information, click here.

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Homes for Rent – Excelsior Springs

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The following are home rental listings found in the Town & Country Leader for Wednesday, February 6, 2019

House for Rent: 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, very clean, available March 1st, must have good references and work history. Lawson, 816-721-7030

Apartments: Excelsior Springs west side location. 1 bedroom, $435, 2 bedroom $535, 3 bedroom $575. Call 816-985-1749. No dogs.

For Rent: 814 Wilhite, Excelsior Springs, 3 bedroom, 1 bath house with basement. Central air and heat, 800/800. 816-863-8315.

For Rent: Senior Property, 1 bedroom, $463, income restrictions apply. Call Mike at Excelsior Springs Properties 816-637-8711.

Senior Citizen Housing: 1 bedroom apartment homes, 24-hour maintenance service, central laundry facilities, controlled entrance, elevator, private parking, social activities, active tenants association, community room available, pets allowed (must meet certain criteria), lending library, shopping within walking distance, and all utilities paid. Call 816-630-6600. Must be 62+ or handicapped/disabled.

Apartments: Excelsior Village Apartments has 2 and 3 bedroom apartments available. Pet friendly, Easy access to transportation, shopping, and entertainment. Call 816-630-3713.

For Rent: 2 bedroom duplex in Excelsior Springs for rent. Includes all appliances. Section 8 approved. 913-909-9827.

For Rent: Apartment Unit available, 3 bedroom, 2 full baths, washer/dryer hook-up, newly remodeled. $750 per month. Call 816-332-1219.

For Rent: 2 bedroom apartment for rent. Excelsior Springs west side location. 816-838-2981

Excelsior Springs Housing Authority: Ruey Anna High Rise offers studio and 1 bedroom apartments suitable for senior residents. Filley Place Apartments is the family housing facility offering 50 apartments, and Saratoga Towers offers roomy one bedroom units. Call 816-630-7361.

Commercial Property/Office Space for Rent: One space is 950 sq ft and one space 475 sq ft. 2001 W Jesse James Rd, Excelsior Springs. Call 816-630-2520.

Contact Courtney for information to be added to this post.

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How to Help Excelsior Springs

I’m often contacted by local citizens asking about ways to get involved. There’s so much happening here that becoming active is relatively easy. Here are some ideas to help get you started:

1. Be an Advocate for Excelsior Springs

I can’t help but get irritated when I see Excelsior citizens talking smack on the town. This is OUR town! We should take pride in it and what happens here. We aren’t doing anything to help by tearing it down publicly, though. If anything, it undoes the work that so many here are doing to make this the best place to be. If there are problems of some kind, get involved by personally meeting with those that you have a problem with. Go to them in person before taking your argument to social media. That’s the respectful thing to do and something you would want your neighbor to do for you.

When someone asks about Excelsior Springs, tell them about all the great things happening here annually now. There are parades/festivals/events every month throughout the year. Invite them to come for a visit and send them our city’s tourism website that gives them all the info they’ll need to play a great stay ——> www.visitexcelsior.com

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2. Shop Local

For every $100 you spend locally, $68 stays local. When you shop at a national chain, only $43 stays locally. By buying local, you are stimulating the local economy, becoming a part of local job growth, and conserve tax dollars by keeping sales tax dollars where you live.

Take a picture and make a post when you’re in a local business or at a local event. Someone that does a great job with this is the Bill Hightower Team. They go out to eat as a company and always give the restaurant they go to a plug online! Perfect example:

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3. Promote the Community

Talk to your friends about what’s happening in the community. When you have an opportunity to recommend Excelsior, do! If your organization is looking to have a work function or your family is having a reunion, ask that they come to Excelsior!

On social media, click “like” on local posts, share info that will be helpful to the community, and leave positive comments that others can see. When you see good things happening in the community, share with the area news organizations. Sharing a post is so easy on Facebook! Help get the word out about what’s going on by giving our community a plug whenever you can! Also, if you’re making a post, use the hashtag #eslocal so that it shows up in a search. Type #eslocal into the search bar on any social media platform to pull up others posts about our town.

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4. Leave Good Reviews

Most businesses are located online in places that you can leave a review. Visit your favorite Excelsior pages at sites like Yelp! or Facebook and leave a positive review. This helps boost their visibility online and works as an endorsement for others that might be considering that shop.

Here are some examples of great reviews left for Dubious Claims downtown:

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5. Volunteer

There are a number of community organizations and events taking place throughout the year that need your help. If you have a place of business or group looking to get involved, there are opportunities for multiple people to get active, too. Check out how to volunteer for organizations within the community:

City of Excelsior Springs

The City has several boards and commissions that citizens are needed to serve on each year. Choose from Board of Zoning Adjustments, Capital Improvements Authority, Community Center Board, Enhanced Enterprise Zone, Hall of Waters Steering Committee, Historic Preservation Commission, Hospital Board, Housing Authority, Parks and Recreation, Planning and Zoning Commission, Public Safety Sales Tax Oversight Committee, Special Road District, and Tax Increment Financing Commission. If you want to serve the city on a board or committee, click here for the volunteer application. 

Excelsior Springs Chamber of Commerce

You don’t have to be a member of the Chamber in order to volunteer for their annual activities! They have a whole list of committees and event planning groups that you can join or be involved in. Examples include the Chamber’s Annual Dinner and Auction, choosing award winners for annual recognitions for both business and the community, Economic Development, Professional Development, Finance, Marketing/Tourism, Membership, Trolley, Waterfest, and the West Side Committee. Click here to learn more and submit your name to volunteer.

Downtown Excelsior Partnership

The Downtown Excelsior Partnership (DEP) is an organization that builds support to our downtown. There are a number of committees that you can get involved in to make a difference to our community’s economy: Design, Economic Vitality, Promotion, Website, and Organization. Click here for more details.

Other organizations that are in need of help throughout the year include the Good Samaritan Center, Excelsior Springs Educational Foundation, Excelsior Springs Parks and Recreation Department, Excelsior Springs Senior Center, Meet the Need, Elementary and Middle School Booster Clubs, After Prom, Excelsior Springs Hospital, and more! Click on each name to find more information.

6. Serve

If you want to go beyond volunteering, there are a number of boards and commissions throughout the city that could use your help! Try serving on a city board. I encourage you to attend meetings of organizations you’re interested in before running for a board position, though. Familiarize yourself not only with the issues that particular board is facing, but also to develop good relationships with those you will be serving with. That’s important so your time spent on the board or commission is most effective.

7. Pay Your Taxes

Something that is expected of us all is to pay our taxes, but it goes beyond just meeting a requirement set. Paying your taxes helps to care for our community’s infrastructure, schools, and public services. Paying your taxes means playing a larger role in a collective good. With all of us working together, we can do great things.

I brag on Excelsior Springs every chance I get. My entire life I have loved this town and the people in it. We have such a unique community. Despite it growing, it still feels small. Those who are outside looking in describe us as a community that cares for each other. We take care of one another when there are hardships like fires or loss of a loved one. Our circles are tight and our hearts are full of love. To me, that’s something worth supporting. I hope you’ll join me!

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10 Fav Excelsiorite Pics of Snow

Upon asking Excelsiorites to share their pictures of the snow, I never imagined there would be over 280! Loved seeing everyone’s adventures in our winter wonderland! Below are some of the favorites and top rated pics of the thread. Thanks to all who shared:

Connie Parson says: “My daughter, Haley Parson, took this photo this morning. She specializes in macro photography.”

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Angela Liezen-Paul captured this beautiful image in Rocky Hollow…

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Michelle Davis posted this one from the snow at night:

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Catherine Holman captured a beautiful image of the Hall of Waters in the snow…

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Katelyn Curry captured this of an evergreen…

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Tracy Stokes shared her picture of a whole family of deer

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April Graham’s eye for a good shot is never off

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Sherrie Easter McElwee shared a gorgeous image…

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And Amanda R. Nelson didn’t disappoint with this great shot…

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Excelsior Springs Closures

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Following is a list of Excelsior businesses that have announced they’re closed due to weather (updated Sun., 5:45pm):

• Excelsior Springs School District #40 – closed Monday
• ES Senior Center – closed Monday
• Noah’s Ark Christian Preschool – closed Monday
• Pisgah Baptist Church – Sunday evening activities
• ESHS Lady Tiger Basketball – optional practice Monday from 12:30-2:00pm
• Ziggy’s General Store – Sunday
• Flack Memorial – Sunday service
• Grace Family Worship Center – Sunday
• Abundant Praise Fellowship – Sunday
• Siloam Spring Baptist Chapel – Sunday services
• Main Street Baptist Church – Sunday services
• First United Methodist Church of Excelsior Springs – Sunday services

If you want to add your name to this closure list, please message Courtney Cole.

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Snow Saturday in Excelsior Springs

Couldn’t resist not getting outside to see Excelsior Springs in what looks like a snow globe today! Of course I took some pics for all those staying in for today.

Jason drove me all through the downtown, where I saw several stores and restaurants open! Some that I noticed open were: Broadway Bar & Grill, Atlas Saloon, Ventana Gourmet Grill, Main Spring Art Gallery, Fishing River Market, Dubious Claims Brewery, and Bluebird Couture.

Now Hiring in Excelsior Springs

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There are multiple places that are hiring right now in Excelsior Springs. Information listed here was gathered via Excelsior Springs citizens through the Excelsior Springs Area News, Events, and Daily Deals Facebook group. Also listed are the hiring advertisements listed in the Town & Country Leader for Wednesday, January 9, 2019 edition.

Following are hiring posts from the Town & Country Leader – 

• Firefighter EMT: The City of Richmond, EOE, is accepting applications for a Firefighter/EMT. Refer to the city website for details. Applications available at Richmond City Hall, 205 Summit, Richmond, MO 64085, phone 816-776-5304, or www.cityofrichmondmo.org. Must submit City of Richmond “Application for Employment” for consideration. Applications may be submitted electronically to swilliams@cityofrichmondmo.org

• Hardin-Central C-2 School District is looking for a full-time bus driver. Call 660-398-4394

• The Orrick R-XI School District is accepting applications immediately for a Substitute Custodian. Specific information regarding the position may be obtained by contacting Kyle Moyer, Maintenance Supervisor or Scott Archibald, Superintendent at 816-770-0094. Applications are available at orrick.k12.mo.us

• Excelsior Springs Standard – News Reporter (Full Time/Part Time) – The Excelsior Springs Standard is looking for a gifted, versatile writer who specializes in local community reporting. Assignments will vary, some being assigned by Managing Editor and others developed from sources of their own. Candidates must have strong writing ability and photography skills. Part-time leading to full-time based on ability. Send resume and examples of your work to: Brian Rice, brian@leaderpress.com or mail information to Excelsior Springs Standard, PO Box 70, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024

• Business Opportunity – Contractors Needed to apply coatings on flat or low slope roof. No experience necessary, will train. Give a call if interested – 715-447-5467.

• Visually impaired senior citizens seeking driver to take her to various appointments, $12 an hour. Call 1-816-663-2781

• Hardin-Central C-2 School District is looking for a full-time bus driver. Call 660-398-4394.

• Diversified Transportation, LLC located in Orrick, MO is currently looking for qualified OTR drivers. Excellent starting mileage pay up to $60,000 per year, home every 5 days, well maintained equipment Freightliner Cascada Conventional with 53′ trailer refer and dry van, paid weekly. Interested candidates please call 816-496-2402 or 816-520-3060.

• Imagination Station Learning Center is looking for self-motivated individuals who love working with all ages of children. Please call Leigh Ann Williams, 630-3861.

• Seasonal Southview Pool & Concession Positions: The City of Richmond, EOE, is accepting applications for seasonal positions in the Recreation Department, including Pool Manager/Supervisors, Lifeguards, Concession Workers and Pool Front Gate Attendant.  Refer to the city website for details. Applications available at Richmond City Hall, 205 Summit, Richmond, MO 64085, phone 816-776-5304, or www.cityofrichmondmo.org. Must submit City of Richmond “Application for Employment” for consideration. Applications may be submitted electronically to swilliams@cityofrichmondmo.org

• Excelsior Springs Nursing and Rehab has a position open for a RN/LPN, CNA, and CMT. No phone calls. Please apply in person or online at www.excelsiorspringsnursing.com.

• OPAA! Now Hiring for Kitchen Managers, Cooks, and Substitute Kitchen Staff for the Kearney, MO R-1 School District Child Nutrition Program. Great opportunity for anyone seeking up to 5.5 hours per day working Monday through Friday during the school year. Must be at least 18 with a HS diploma or equivalent. Interested applicants please go to www.opaafood.com/careers to search for Kearney employment opportunities.

Following are local hiring positions found recently on Facebook: 

• Dollar General
• Fiskars – search for open positions and apply online by clicking here
• Valley Manor – CNA/CMT/LPN. Apply within.
• Sonic Drive-In
• The Garage
• KFC/Taco Bell
• Interface – hiring compassionate, talented people for working with those with developmental disabilities
• Excelsior Springs Home Health and Hospice – RN and CNA
• Excelsior Springs Hospital
• Apple Bus Company
• Burger King
• Arby’s
• Pour Boy’s Gas Station
• Wabash BBQ – Now hiring servers. Full time. Must be willing to work busy weekends. Come in and fill out an application. No online applications, please.

Also check out the following links for local openings:

Excelsior Springs School District

– High School Assistant Principal
– Before/After School Program Teacher’s Assistant
– Paraprofessional
– Maintenance/HVAC Certified
– Executive Director – Educational Foundation
– Substitute Teacher
– Paraprofessional Substitutes

Excelsior Springs Job Corps Center

– Academic Instructor – Math – Full Time
– Academic Instructor – Substitute – Part Time
– Cook – Full-Time
– Counselor (Residential) – Full Time
– Culinary Arts Instructor – Full Time
– Recreation Specialist – Full Time
– Safety Officer – Full Time

City of Excelsior Springs

– Golf Hill Grille – Cooks and Servers – contact Kris Bishop
– Community Center Fitness Manager
– Water-Wastewater Plant Operator 1
– Community Center Fitness Center Attendant
– Parks and Recreation Park Ranger
– Parks and Recreation Program Supervisor
– Community Center Group Exercise Instructor
– Community Center Personal Trainer
– Community Center Head Lifeguard
– Community Center Lifeguard
– Community Center Water Safety Instructor

To add a listing, click here to message Courtney directly.

11 Things You Can Always Find At Excelsior Springs’ It’s $5

I still have folks asking me about the store that opened last November called It’s $5, located on North Jesse James Road in the old Excelsior Trade Fair building. Yesterday, I spoke with Felecia Cole, the owner of the business, and she said she still has people coming in the store who say they had no idea it was here! So I thought I would put together a compilation of some of the things that I often see that are available, in case you haven’t yet been in to visit!

1. Rock Salt Lamps

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You may have to get a light to go under so it glows, but for $5 or less, the Rock Salt lamp makes a cool addition to your house or workspace!

2. Cell Phone Accessories

There are literally thousands of phone accessories in these two bins, something for every cell phone owner.

3. Cell Phone Bracket Holder for Vehicle

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These just suction onto your windshield and you can clip your phone in. I find it handy when I don’t know where I’m going and am following directions, making it easy to glance over and still keep two hands on the wheel.

4. Sofa, Loveseat, and Chair Covers

If you need a new look for your sofa, loveseat, or chair, this is your place! All different kinds of colors, styles, and sizes. There are also window curtains and shower curtains, too! My friend found rugs for all her bathrooms for $2.50 each one day!

5. Party Supplies

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When it comes to throwing a party, It’s $5 has all you would need! You can usually find balloons, fairy lights, and holiday novelty items of all kinds. There are also photo backdrops, invitation/thank you cards, and kids themed birthday goodie bag accessories.

6. Backpacks

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If you could use a new backpack, for $5 you can usually find some nice, high quality backpacks and bags. My husband found me a great work bag for only $2.50 and I use it everyday.

7. Baby Items

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You can find all kinds of cute towels, kids clothes, and baby items. There are changing pads, accessories for mothers that are breast feeding, and diaper bags. Good stuff for a lot less! Great for baby showers!

8. Picture Frames

Lots of nice picture frames in all sizes can be found there, too!

9. Office Supplies

For teachers and office workers, there are all kinds of office supplies that can be found at the It’s $5! A great time to go would be on Wednesday or Thursday when items are as low as fifty cents!

10. Lamps and Lightbulbs

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Add some light to your office or home space with lamps of all kinds! There are also tons of LED lightbulbs that will last a long time!

11. Man Gifts

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I saw almost every guy in the store carrying around one of these cap brackets to clean your hats in your dishwasher! If you’re looking for something for a man, you can find all kinds of things. There are also footballs, playing card shufflers, exercise equipment, and tools!

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Hours according to their Facebook Page:

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Saturday and Sunday all items are just $5 each.

Monday all items in store are 2 for $5.
Tuesday all items in store are 3 for $5.
Wednesday all items in store are 5 for $5.
Thursday all items in the store are 10 for $5!
Closed Friday for restock

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People of Excelsior: Gerry Lemmons

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Today was the weekly Rotary meeting where Gerry Lemmons was the speaker. I first met Gerry when he was working with the Main Spring Art Gallery group. He was instrumental in bringing the group of artists together to create the co-op that is now the gallery. What I didn’t know about Gerry until today, though, is that he works with Private Pullman Railcar Management. His presentation today was in regard to the changes that the railroad has gone through over the years to remain a major mode of transportation for the country.

At the turn of the century, train travel was at its highest, carrying both passengers and goods across the country. The train was instrumental in servicing the rural communities throughout the country, connecting them and providing passengers with an opportunity to visit many small towns (including Excelsior!). The Pullman Company was a business founded by George Pullman, who invented the Pullman sleeper car, that advertised themselves as the largest hotel in the world. Every night, there were over 45,000 beds occupied and 150,000 that would ride in coach.

During WWI the government took over the railroads, transferring both men and material. Doing this almost ran the railroads into the ground, though, so when WWII came around, the railroads didn’t turn over management to the railroads, but continued the operation themselves. The railroads were at their greatest demand, transporting troops off to war and bringing them back home. When the war ended, many of the troops returned home to good jobs restoring the infrastructure of the rail lines.

In the 1930s, diesel electric engines were introduced, proven to be much cheaper to operate than steam had been. When the railroads began ordering the sleeker, streamlined diesels, this added a lot to the economy during the Great Depression. When World War II happened, everything was put on hold and all engines, freight and passenger cars were put into a pool of equipment controlled by the consortium of railroad companies.

After the war, troops returned home wanting their own mode of transportation. As automobiles and buses became the main mode of transportation, the railroads no longer had the demand they once did for passenger travel. At the same time, airlines started booming, allowing safer and faster travel. The railroads began to lose a lot of money, but still had their government contracts to deliver mail to communities throughout the country. They then began a fight to be let out of their contracts. Cities, fearing they would lose such a valuable service, began lawyering up. Finally the railroads realized that if they made the train ride uncomfortable and inconvenient, people would stop riding them.

It wasn’t until the 1970s when Congress enacted the National Railway Passenger Corporation, also known as Amtrak, insisting that the passenger train operation works. The act forced railroads to allow Amtrak to operate on their private lines, which they still do today. During that time, Amtrak replaced equipment and built new equipment receiving appropriations from Congress. Lobbyists work to keep the act in place but the funding has been in jeopardy in recent years, with the threat of cuts. Each time the American people have risen up to stand up for train travel, and that’s why it continues today.

My family and I had the pleasure of riding Amtrak to Chicago last year in March. We highly suggest it to all families to travel via train. It’s a great experience and is definitely something we will remember forever. Here are some fun pictures from our Amtrak trip:

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