The last remaining of the five Spanish mission style Katy Depots on the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad line, the Boonville Katy Depot boasts of its architecture as well as its construction?s history. Being mostly made with available materials on the site in 1910, this old Katy station is a real gem. It is now a part of the Katy Trail State Park.
The Boonville Katy Depot used to be a bustling area in the city. It is a popular stop for travelers, receiving and saying farewell to 25 to 30 trains on a daily basis during its heyday. However, due to the advent of the automobile, the station was reduced to a freight train stop and a storage building. When the freight trains stopped servicing in 1986, it closed the station altogether.
Luckily, thanks to the efforts of the Department of Natural Resources, the Boonville Katy Depot was revived, restored, and reopened as an office building. It now services the Boonville Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Information Center, as well as the Division of State Parks.