The Katy Trail is a 240 miles stretch from Machens to Clinton, MO converted to trail-way upon the closure of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) Railroad in 1986. The name “Katy” comes from the abbreviated name of the old railroad nickname Missouri “KT.” It is one of the longest rails to trails in the U.S. and includes parts of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and the American Discovery Trail. The trail also has been designated as a Milennium Legacy Trail.
The MKT operated their final train route from Sedalia to Machens on October 4, 1986. Following that run, floodwaters from the Missouri River severely damaged the tracks along the route. This was not the first of washouts the MKT had experienced on this route but it would end up being the last as future MKT routes were rerouted.