July 26, 1858

The newest section of what would become the Missouri-Pacific Railroad was completed between California, Missouri and Tipton, Missouri on this date in 1858.

February 18, 1859

The city of Pacific is incorporated after changing its name from Franklin. With two towns in the state called Franklin, there were issues with mail and train service, as both towns were right along the rails.

Old steam engine chugs down the railroad tracks.

December 23, 1852

The first train ran on the first railroad west of the Mississippi River, the Pacific Railroad of Missouri from St. Louis to Cheltenham, a distance of five miles.  (Cheltenham is now known as the Dogtown Neighborhood and is right across from the zoo.)