It was 3:00 p.m. on August 15, 1870 when the Kansas Pacific Railroads met just east of Strasburg. There was not a big celebration – the American flag and a keg of whiskey sat at the center of the last 10 1/4 miles of track to be laid. The first crew from either the east or the west to reach the center was the winner. The east team reached the center point and continued on to meet the west team. When the last spike was driven, a new record for laying track was set. When the rails were joined at Promontory, Utah in May 1869, the Union Pacific Railroad did not have a railroad bridge across the Missouri River. The only way to cross the Missouri River was by ferry boat. The Kansas Pacific Railroad had a railroad bridge spanning the Missouri River giving it the first continuous link.
Hometown Days began in August 1970 to celebrate the opening of the new Comanche Crossing Historical Society’s Museum and as a fundraiser for the Museum. The day began with a parade followed by many activities such as bread making, wheat threshing and a re-enactment of the joining of the rails. The Museum continued to coordinate the Hometown Days celebration for several years until the Hometown Days Committee was formed. The Committee is comprised of 10 dedicated volunteers, some with over 20 years dedication. The parade has grown from 25 entries in 1970 to over 100 entries!
The festivities are held the second weekend in August throughout the community of Strasburg. Most activities are free, including the barbecue which is sponsored by Independent Bank. The Comanche Crossing Museum, one of the best kept secrets in the state, is open for tours. Come join us for a fun weekend and some hometown spirit!