by Bob McEowen
growing up in the 1930s and 40s thrilled to the adventure tales
of Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze. Lester Dent, the author of these pulp
fiction magazines, novels and radio plays was born in La Plata, a town
of 1,400 in northeast Missouri.
La Plata resident Olive Gilbreath-McLorn traveled throughout Russia
and China in the early 20th century, recording her adventures in books
Today, dreams of adventure are kindled twice a day as Amtraks
Southwest Chief pulls alongside a former Sante Fe Railroad depot in
La Plata. The train runs between Chicago and Los Angeles and stops in
Missouri only at Kansas City and La Plata.
The eastbound train arrives at La Plata at 9:41 a.m. and the westbound
train pulls in at 7:59 p.m. Both trains as well as a stready
stream of freight trains are often greeted by local railroad
The 1888 depot, shown on our cover, was rebuilt in 1945 and updated
with art deco architectural details, including curved glass bricks.
In 2002, local volunteers completed a renovation of the old depot, which
includes displays of railroad artifacts.
Other sites of interest in La Plata include the Dent home and the Gilbreath-McLorn
House. This classic Queen Anne-style structure is used by local clubs
and organizations and is available for tours by groups. For information
call (660) 332-6144.
For information about Amtrak rail travel call 1-800-321-8684 or log