Red River Railroad Museum
filled with mementos of the Railroad Age!
Open Monday through Saturday
10:AM - 1:PM
2:00 - 4:00PM
Across the Street from the old Katy Depot
104 E. Main Street
Denison, TX 75021-3021
Transportation is an important part of Denison's history. In the 1850's the area known as Denison was a stop on the Butterfield Stage Line that ran from St. Louis to San Francisco. The stage entered Texas on a ferry raft pulled across the Red River by slaves. However, it was the railroad that launched Denison into a bona fide city when the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad (affectionately known as KATY) crossed the Red River in 1872. In fact, 3000 people moved into the new town in the first 100 days!
The original Depot building was destroyed in a fire soon after it was built. The Katy Depot building that stands at 101 E. Main Street was constructed in 1914 and housed the offices of the MK&T Railroad. It has been restored and turned into a small downtown shopping mall with retail shops, a gallery, restaurants, and professional offices.
Across the street from the Katy Depot in the Katy Antique Station is the Red River Railroad Museum. The museum offers an extensive history of the MK&T Railroad - especially information on the founding of Denison and its subsequent growth as well as exhibits to consume the better part of a railroad enthusiasts afternoon. The museum is packed with artifacts, pictures, showcases and railroad equipment.