Past and future came together during the last week.
Three distinct, but interrelated, grand openings were celebrated – the I-35/Homestead interchange, the BNSF intermodal and Edgerton Historical Museum.
Both the interchange and Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC) opening come after years of planning, debate and discussion.
The interchange will facilitate traffic for the now-open intermodal, and it’s believed its diverging diamond design will limit accidents at Homestead Lane.
But before the interchange, before the intermodal – the railroad was in Edgerton.
About 1865-70, railroad tracks were built from the Kansas City area to Baldwin, and when the railroad passed thru Edgerton it caused a great migration from old McCamish and Lanesfield to Edgerton – named after Edgerton, D.M. Land Commission of the Union Pacific, according to Edgerton’s history.
The Edgerton Historical Museum, now located next to city hall and donated by Edgerton resident Donna Bratton, originally housed railroad workers. It’s floor plan is in the original “shot gun” style.
The museum’s opening completes a dream of many area residents – including Rita Moore, former city clerk, Janeice Rawles, Damon Ross, Mary Pritchard and Bratton, to name just a very few.
Current historical society president, Charlie Troutner, dedicated the historical museum to Moore, and the ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by area residents, elected officials and dignitaries.
Similar to the Homestead interchange and LPKC, the museum’s dedication has been a long time in planning. It was formed about 20 years ago and area historical documents and artifacts were collected, catalogued and stored on the second floor of city hall.
Edgerton’s volunteer spirit and “can do” attitude makes it impossible to name all those who contributed to the historical preservation effort.
It’s exciting to see Edgerton come full circle – from past to present and into the future.
The little town with the “can do” attitude did.