ARCADIA, MO. - All aboard! Amtrak announced that beginning Sunday, it would begin servicing the Arcadia Valley, Mo. region for the first time in more than half of a century.
Texas Eagle Train 21 will leave St. Louis around 8 p.m. and arrive at the new stop in Arcadia around 10:30 p.m, said Amtrak in an announcement.
A train depot first opened in Arcadia in 1941, but trains would only stop in the area under particular circumstances. Rail service stopped altogether in the valley after 1968 when the Missouri Pacific Railroad discontinued the service.
In 2010, Arcadia residents suggested a proper Amtrak stop in the valley during a meeting with the local chamber of commerce. During the time of the meeting, the Tex as Eagle would only pass through but not stop as it traveled to and from St. Louis and Poplar Bluff.
The scenic area, located about 80 miles of St. Louis, is known for its recreational destinations, including the Johnson- Shut-Ins State Park, Taum Sauk Mountain State Park, the Mark Twain National Forest and much more.