QA&P depot in Paducah, TX

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  1. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    Just returned from a visit to TX to check on my parents and see my brother in Knox City, TX. I had hoped to visit the museum in the Paducah, TX, depot, but the timing didn't work out. In case anyone wonders, the museum is alive and well. It is manned and open on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. There are several rooms of historical material, according to the woman I spoke with. I drove by it this morning, but it wasn't open since it's Wednesday. It looks the same as it has for several years.

    Paul Moore
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  2. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    I was there a couple years ago and actually found it open. The lady curator spent a lot of time on a ranch just a few miles away from Swearingen. Which was quite the town back in the heyday of the QA&P. There are a lot of RR images on the walls but it is more of a cowboy, ranch museum than a RR museum. There is a great deal of history in that little Texas town and some world famous people are from there. Make sure you take a look at the north wall outside and see where many soldiers carved their names on the wall, before boarding a train that took them to war, and many didn't come home alive. That was a neat little town, had its own Coke bottling plant too. If you ever find a Coke bottle that has Paducah TX on the bottom it is real rare. I still need to upload the images I took from inside the museum in Paducah and Quanah.
    While in the QA&P museum ask about the QA&P Depot, Jail, they are close to HO scale.
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  3. skyraider

    skyraider Member


    Thanks for all the info. I would love to move back to that area and settle there. We're nearly retired, real estate in Colorado Springs is nuts, and Colorado Springs has grown so much that I really don't like it anymore. While in west Texas I looked at a few properties for sale. My wife and I plan to go back in early January so she can see the area. At that time I'll make a point to see the inside of the museum.

    If I had a dream, it would be to buy an old depot, convert part into my living quarters, and use the rest as a railroad museum and layout facility.


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  4. Sirfoldalot

    Sirfoldalot Supporter Supporter

    Paul - There is a big old red freight depot in Quanah just waiting for you to put your name on! :pLOL

    Tom - My Spousal Unit and I were in Quanah later part of April. We stopped at the museum for about an hour. She and I loved it, but we had to hustle down the road for a dinner meeting with "Santa Fe Willie" near Sanger. I sure like the countryside around where Willie is. :cool:
  5. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    Next trip down I'll look for that freight depot. The area around Sanger / Gainesville / Muenster is definitely nice.

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  6. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Great stuff Paul and Sherrel,

    Paul there is an antique building on the South side of HWY 287 on the East end of Quanah that has a little bit of QA&P stuff but they think it is gold laced. I wasnt impressed by it. Yea there is a great deal of history down there for sure. I hope the real estate bubble dont bust before you can make the move. No doubt the dollar goes a long way as far as housing goes, but you gotta drive 30 miles to find a Wally World.

    Sherrel, I remember how depressed these little towns are compared to when I was a kid there, I mean there were jobs to be had and the movie theaters were going, the theater in Paducah still had "True Grit" on the marquee. So, that tells you how long that has been shut down. Hard folks down there, hard as woodpecker lips. I remember talking with Santa Fe Willie on another site, but I gotta tell you I am having a hard time keeping up with the couple I look at now.
  7. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    You're right--farming isn't doing well. The equipment has gotten ridiculously expensive ($400,000 for a full size tractor). The seed, spray, etc, are all more expensive. As a result, most farmers either fold or stay in debt and farm huge tracts of land. However, the cycle seems to be 5-8 years. I think that if we do something soon, we'd be hitting it at the bottom of the cycle, and it might come back a tiny bit. But we're not doing it as an investment, but as a lifestyle change.

    The places we have looked at are about 15 minutes south of Knox City. There's a Walmart 20 minutes away in Stamford; there's a hospital in Knox City and one in Haskel; there's a medical evacuation helicoptor right in Knox City. Abilene and Wichita Falls are about an hour away for major stuff. How far can you drive in a large city in 20 minutes in the traffic?

    Then there's crime, which is virtually non-existent in the area of Texas we are looking at. Since the marijuana law in passed Colorado, crime in Colorado Springs has risen dramatically (and from what I've heard, in all of the urban areas). A Sheriff's deputy told me that Mexican drug cartels have bought up large tracts of land east of Colorado Springs and built huge grow houses. It's not the same place it was 15 years ago.

    Anyway, we're examining options and considering relocating.

    On a more positive note, attached are photos of the Rule, TX, and Knox City, TX, depots. They are both ex ATSF / KCM&O depots. Maybe one of them could be purchased by an enterprising person and turned into a model railroad building / museum:)!

    Paul Rule 1 copy.jpg Rule 2 copy.jpg Knox City depot 1-9-2019 copy.jpg

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