Where the Rails and Cattle Trails Meet
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.
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 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.