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This monument to the cattle drive and to towns at the “end of the trail” features a 1.25-life-size bronze sculpture depicting a cowboy herding longhorn cattle along the Sedalia branch of the Shawnee Trail. It commemorates the spirit of the cowboy and the can-do attitude associated with our western heritage.
The monument, which the Trailís End sculpture is a key part, also celebrates Sedalia’s role as one of the earliest railheads at the end-of-the drive. It features full size replicas of a 1870s cattle car, water tower, windmill and locomotive set in a landscape of native prairie grasses and flowers. These elements highlight the role of the railroad in the founding of Sedalia, in the commercial development of the prairies and in the drive to connect our nation as one.