Our Vision
            The Trailís End Committee's vision is to make Sedalia a prime tourist destination. Sedalia will be known worldwide by its iconic symbol the Trailís End sculpture. This sculpture, celebrates Sedalia's historic and colorful past and invites the visitor to share in that past.

Mission Statement
            The Trailís End Committee's mission is to construct a monument, in a prominent location, welcoming visitors to Sedalia. This monument to the cattle drive and to towns at the "end of the trail" will feature a one and one-quarter life-size bronze sculpture entitled Trail's End. This beautiful sculpture depicts a cowboy herding longhorn cattle along the Sedalia branch of the Shawnee Trail. It will commemorate the spirit of the cowboy and the can-do attitude associated with our western heritage.

            The monument, which the Trailís End sculpture is a key part, also celebrates Sedalia's role as one of the earliest railheads at the end-of-the drive. It features full size replicas of a 1870s cattle car, water tower, windmill and locomotive set in a landscape of native prairie grasses and flowers. These elements highlight the role of the railroad in the founding of Sedalia, in the commercial development of the prairies and in the drive to connect our nation as one. It was the building of transcontinental railroads that linked the United States from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans - from sea to shinning sea.

            Following the Civil War, large Texas cattle drives herded longhorns north, up the eastern edge of the Indian Territories to reach the Pacific railheads in Missouri for shipment east to the packinghouses. Maverick cattle worth only two dollars in local Texas markets could be sold for twenty, even forty dollars a head up north at the railheads. Enterprising Texans decided it was worth the risk to round 'em up and head 'em out across 700 to 1,000 miles of wild, often lawless country to the railheads up north. These cattle drives were the confirmation of American exceptionalism and entrepreneurship.

            This project is a memorial to the enduring, indomitable, freed-loving character of the cowboy and of the railroad men who forged the pathways across the plains.


Trail's End Board / Committee
• Dale & Liz Yelton, Co-Chairs, Rancher;
  Hotel Owners
• Sharon Kearney, Recording Secretary, ConAgra
• Kathleen Boswell, Corresponding Secretary,
  Weaver; Katy Depot
• Evelyn Hicks, Treasurer, Retired Banker
• Madge Gressley, Communications Director,
  Art & Graphic Innovations, Co-Owner; Artist
• Chris Young, Technical
• Greg Boswell. Landscape Contractor
• Mike Brown, B & P Excavation
• Rep. Stanley Cox, Missouri Legislature
• Jo Dey, Artist, Retired Teacher
• Betty Hopkins, Retired Teacher
• Warren Kearney, ConAgra

• John Kehde, Kehde’s BBQ
• Connie & Douglas Kiburz, M.D.
• Meg Liston. Sedalia Downtown
  Development, Inc., Executive Director
• Sen. James Mathewson, Missouri State
  Legislature, Retired
• Tom & Carolyn Miller, Retired Railroad
• Linda Oehrke Myer, Sedalia School District
• Myrna Ragar, Art & Graphic Innovations,
  Co-Owner; Artist
• Rob Rollings, Rollings Architects
• Becky Streff, Realtor
• Jean & Rod Sullivan, Farrier, Saddle Club
• Pat & Patty Woods, Missouri
  Cattlemen’s Association