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City of New Orleans – Song Lyric Sunday – City/State/Country

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City of New Orleans – Song Lyric Sunday – City/State/Country

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For SLS today we have songs that feature ‘city/country/town/state/county’. Thanks, Jim!

To join in this fun weekly challenge, and to see other entries, just click the link below.

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https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2021/05/29/it-takes-a-village/

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There are a lot of songs to choose from for this prompt. I always liked this one. It does mention some cities, and America, and even the train is named the City of New Orleans.

It has been recorded by several other artists, including the original songwriter’s, and even Willie Nelson did a cover.

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From a Wiki article:

City of New Orleans” is a country folk song written by Steve Goodman (and first recorded for Goodman’s self-titled 1971 album), describing a train ride from Chicago to New Orleans on the Illinois Central Railroad‘s City of New Orleans in bittersweet and nostalgic terms.

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More info on how this song came to be written can be found on ‘Song Facts’ – https://www.songfacts.com/facts/arlo-guthrie/city-of-new-orleans

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“City of New Orleans”, by Arlo Guthrie, was released in 1972 on his album, “Hobo’s Lullaby”. It was written by Steve Goodman, and is on the Reprise label.

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Riding on the City of New Orleans
Illinois Central Monday morning rail
Fifteen cars and fifteen restless riders
Three conductors and twenty-five sacks of mail
All along the southbound odyssey
The train pulls out at Kankakee
Rolls along past houses, farms and fields
Passin’ trains that have no name
Freight yards full of old black men
And the graveyards of the rusted automobiles
Good morning America how are you?
Say, don’t you know me? I’m your native son
I’m the train they call the City of New Orleans
I’ll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done
Dealin’ card games with the old men in the club car
Penny a point ain’t no one keepin’ score
Pass the paper bag that holds the bottle
Feel the wheels rumblin’ ‘neath the floor
And the sons of pullman porters
And the sons of engineers
Ride their father’s magic carpets made of steel
Mothers with their babes asleep
Are rockin’ to the gentle beat
And the rhythm of the rails is all they feel
Good morning America how are you?
Say, don’t you know me? I’m your native son
I’m the train they call the City of New Orleans
I’ll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done
Nighttime on the City of New Orleans
Changing cars in Memphis, Tennessee
Half way home, we’ll be there by morning
Through the Mississippi darkness
Rolling down to the sea
But all the towns and people seem
To fade into a bad dream
And the steel rail still ain’t heard the news
The conductor sings his songs again
The passengers will please refrain
This train got the disappearing railroad blues
Good night, America, how are you?
Say, don’t you know me? I’m your native son
I’m the train they call the City of New Orleans
I’ll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Steve Goodman
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A to Z Blog Challenge 2021 – Letter U – Union Station (Haunted?)

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A to Z Blog Challenge 2021 – Letter U – Union Station (Haunted?)

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http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/what-is-blogging-from-to-z.html

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It’s that time again for the April A to Z Blog Challenge. I’ve done this one for quite a few years, and it’s always fun.

This time I decided to go with the miscellaneous type posts, which some days will be whatever I want, and other days will be a resurrection of my older posts that pretty much no one or very few ever saw.

So, here we go with Letter U …

#AtoZChallenge 2021 April Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter U

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Ceiling at Union Station, Kansas City, Missouri

Large round chandelier

 

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Ceiling at Union Station, Kansas City, Missouri

Very long hallway and a U. S. Flag hanging from ceiling

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UNION STATION, KANSAS CITY – IS IT HAUNTED?

Is the Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri haunted? As your footsteps echo on the highly polished floors, your eyes are drawn upward. The vast ceiling is awe inspiring. Beautiful and intricate artwork, and huge chandeliers make you catch your breath. Voices are hushed, as you feel the history emanating from the walls.

You think of all the souls that have passed through this train station throughout the years..soldiers travelling to their next duty stations during WWII, regular travelers, and even fugitives from the law.

Built in 1914, Union Station operated for many years, until a slow decline in business forced it to close in 1985. After a renovation, in 1996, it was opened as a museum. By 2002, it was again being used as a train station, when Amtrak began service. There are many attractions, besides train travel to be seen here now. There is the museum’s history and displays, kid friendly, hands on learning areas, restaurants, and gift shops. There is a wonderful model railroad city surrounded by train tracks with the model trains in motion.

Outside, you can go on an elevated walkway above the huge trains. You can feel the vibrations of the great engines, and look down at the tops of them. There are many photo opportunities in and around Crown Point, inside and out. The architecture is amazing.

We learned, too of the Union Station Massacre. It took place right outside, in 1933. The shooting took place, as FBI agents were transferring a fugitive back to Leavenworth prison. Gang members tried to free him from the agents, and a gun battle resulted in the fugitive being killed…his head blown off. You can still see bullet holes in the building’s exterior walls.

I’ve heard it said that the headless fugitive’s ghost roams around the station, now. Employees, during after hours, have seen and heard this, as well as other paranormal entities. There are reports of a lady, dressed in black, that walks up and down the stairs at night, and phantom travellers with suitcases roam around. Eerie train whistles can be heard, when no trains are there.

Union Station is a very interesting place to visit, even if you are not traveling. I would definitely urge you to go, if you are in the area. We really enjoyed our day spent here with family.

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Union Station (Kansas City, Missouri)

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Train Station – 10 Day Photo Challenge – Day 8

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Train Station – 10 Day Photo Challenge – Day 8

https://cassiaelisabeth.wordpress.com/2018/07/01/attention-photography-challenge/#comments

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Cassia has asked for train stations for today’s challenge prompt. Thanks, Cassia!

We don’t have any passenger trains or stations here. I’m sure there must be a freight train somewhere.  I wouldn’t know where to find them, though.

We did visit Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri several years ago. Very impressive! It’s also said to be haunted.

The rest of these are photos of children’s train rides.

 

 

Union Station (Kansas City, Missouri)

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Children’s Train Ride (train ticket station) at the mall

Train ride in Japan park

Train ride in Japan park

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