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Population: 491
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Anonymous on 08/15/2011 08:22 PM:
Is the Whistle Stop still open?

Cruce's Cabooses (Calhoun)
Barb Kinne Pierce from Originally Hamilton, now Maryville, MO on 04/20/2010 08:46 AM:
I remember Patti telling us at one of our Penney High Reunions that she and her husband had bought two cabooses and were going to turn them into Bed and Breakfasts. I would love more info and wonder if I just missed availability and prices? Thank you for more into. Barb

DAMAON from CALHOUN on 05/11/2010 12:29 AM:



DAMON from CALHOUN on 05/11/2010 12:30 AM:



Cruce's Cabooses (Calhoun)
The Campbell Clan from Branson, MO on 07/06/2009 03:54 PM:
GREAT place to stay!! Our family party of 5 bikers took both cabooses (though one would have been enough - at least bed-wise) and had a great time. Nicely refurbished, very comfortable and VERY unique (ever seen a toilet in the shower? :-)). We'll return on next Katy Trail excursion!

Damon picked two of us up at Trailhead on short notice, as our plans changed in mid-trip, and delivered us back to trailhead next morning. He is VERY accomodating and easy to deal with. Everyone enjoyed him - and Abby, the dog, as well!

Small caveat to bikers only: Plan to bring food and/or cook out at his great fire spot, as Calhoun has NO eating places except for service station with carry-out pizza, chicken, etc., and cabooses are fairly removed from Calhoun anyway. If you have a support vehicle, as we did, there are good restaurants in Windsor - 7 miles away.

Cruce's Cabooses (Calhoun)
Craig & Tammy from Blue Springs, MO on 07/03/2009 08:57 AM:
We love this place! We stayed there 2 years ago, enjoyed it very much. The Cruces are very hospitable, friendly people, and very accommodating, to say the least. Our son really loves the cabooses, and getting up into the cupola and looking out was a highlight. Fireworks in the country were fun, and fire cooked dinners a standard. We are looking forward to next our visit, this weekend.

Cruce's Cabooses (Calhoun)
Ann and Pete from St. Louis on 04/27/2009 04:35 PM:
We stayed here in July 2008 and loved it. As prearranged, Damon picked us and our bikes up in town (Calhoun), where we'd purchased our dinner-to-go at the Bull's Eye. The cabooses are great, just the right mix of authenticity and comfort. We enjoyed the hammock out under the trees, watched the moon come up over the quiet woods that night, and had breakfast outside the next morning. It was an easy ride back to the trail the next day.

Cruce's Cabooses (Calhoun)
M & Wy from Grandview MO on 09/23/2008 12:37 PM:
This was our second stay at the Cabooses. This time we brought our 9 year old grandson. HE LOVED IT! He checked out every nook & cranny in the caboose and was fascinated that he could stay in something that had once rushed down a railroad track. It rained all night but we were quite cozy in the caboose. We enjoyed the great breakfast the next morning. Luckily the rain cleared and we enjoyed riding the Katy Trail. What a wonderful experience to have with your grandson.

DougK from Troy on 09/23/2008 01:00 PM:
Do you know if Cruce's will pick you up at the trailhead?

Doug from Bluffton on 09/23/2008 07:39 PM:
Perhaps a question of what services might be provided by a particular business would be better directed to the business providing those services. The respondents here, may or may not have any actual knowledge that would pertain to said business.

Cruce's Cabooses (Calhoun)
M & Wy from Grandview, MO on 07/08/2008 03:21 PM:
My husband and I stayed in one of the caboose's and we really loved it. We arrived early to find Mr. Cruce waiting for us. We mentioned that we wanted to grill bratwurst for dinner and even though there was already a grill there, when we arrived back he had left a Weber grill for us to use. We loved the area with the large woods in the back and enjoyed watching the horses across the street at night. We can't wait to come back and bring our grandson in the fall. It was a great and unusual way to spend a couple of days away from the busy city.

Cruce's Cabooses (Calhoun)
jc from Kansas City, MO on 07/07/2008 05:03 PM:
This is a great place to stay! Patti and Damon did an amazing job restoring and refurbishing the cabooses and they are super nice people. My 3 friends and I stayed there overnight in one caboose on June 16, 2008 and were very comfortable. The Cruce's offered to pick us up from the trail to take us to their property, but we chose to ride there and it was a pleasant (if a little hilly) ride. We had told them we wanted a fire and they had the firepit started when we arrived. The continental breakfast was ample with coffee, bananas, bagels, muffins, cereal, skim milk, orange juice and cream cheese. We had so much fun, we're going back in August!

Cruce's Cabooses (Calhoun)
Fred from Georgetown SC on 06/01/2008 11:41 AM:
We stayed the week of May 11 08. My wife and I enjoyed our stay. The accommodations were clean and comfortable. It was nice to be out in the country and to have a firepit to enjoy. However, they are not near the trail. You will need to call for a pick up, and there is no real place to find dinner unless you call a gas station a dinning establishment.

ET from Columbia on 06/03/2008 03:05 PM:
We stayed here several years ago, and the owners, by previous arrangement, supplied us with dinner from a local restaurant. Also, they gave us directions for riding to the cabooses, and it wasn't that hard to do.

Cruce's Cabooses (Calhoun)
DownRiverDan from Topeka, KS on 10/28/2006 09:27 AM:
I would wager that the phone number that is listed is incorrect. Most of the towns and cities around Windsor/Calhoun have a 660 area code now~ the area code was 816 several years ago.

Ray (Webmaster) on 10/28/2006 11:51 PM:
Actually that is the correct number. The Cruces divide their time between the Kansas City area and the train car B&B near Windsor - that is their KC number. Or maybe it's their cell phone, I'm not sure... Anyway, they have either answered the phone or returned calls pretty quickly on the couple of occasions when I've called that number a few months ago.

Doug K. from Troy on 10/29/2006 05:33 PM:
I drove down to Calhoun today to "scope out the lay of the land". I found Cruce's on at 781 (train said 811) NE 901st. It looked unkept and drab. Are you sure they're still in business??

Rick Fosnow from Calhoun on 01/08/2007 09:29 PM:
The Cabooses are closed for the winter. All of Missouri looks drab in the winter. You should be here just after a fresh snow. The 811 is the orginal train number on the Caboose.

Jug Town Food & Feed (Calhoun)
gc from Columbia on 09/05/2006 11:10 PM:
I was through Calhoun on Saturday, Sept. 2, and it appears that Jugtown Food and Feed is closed. I walked over, and the place was padlocked. Whistlestop was also closed, which I thought was strange for Saturday on Labor Day weekend. The Bullseye gas station was nice, though!

Bulls Eye Gas Station (Calhoun)
scott taylor from calhoun, MO on 10/24/2005 08:41 AM:
this gas station is really nice!!!

Aaron from Calhoun on 05/16/2006 04:42 PM:
Sweet, Calhoun has a gas station... Something I always dreamed about when I was a kid growing up in Calhoun... Our Place just didn't cut it...

Cruces' Cabooses (Calhoun/Windsor)
tracy cookson from farmington, arkansas on 04/12/2006 02:51 PM:
Hi! The cabooses look like a really interesting, fun place to stay! Do you have any pictures of the insides of them?

Tracy Cookson

Ray (webmaster) on 04/17/2006 04:44 PM:
Unforunately, I think Cruces Cabooses may have gone out of business. Their website is dead, and no one is returning phone calls from the last number I have for them. If anyone knows anything about Cruces Cabooses, please let us know whether they're still open for business.

Ray (Webmaster) on 04/21/2006 09:03 AM:
I'm happy to report that Cruces Cabooses is still very much IN business. I spoke to the owner last night, and he says they've been having website problems, but you can still reach them by phone at 816-229-8389. This is definitely one of the most unique B&Bs around.

To answer Tracy's question: sorry, I do not have any photos other than the exterior photo showing the two train cars. Maybe there will be some on the Cruce's Cabooses website, whenever it's back up again.

MIKE from CLINTON on 08/27/2005 09:13 AM:

Robert from Columbia on 09/29/2005 03:54 PM:
Dont stop at the feed store unless you want to second hand smoke about 300

cigerattes in the 5 minutes it takes for you to buy a gatorade. I guess this is

where all the local yokels sit and smoke.


Scott Taylor from Calhoun, MO on 10/19/2005 10:51 AM:
Calhoun is a very quiet town...but very gossipy....great food at the Whistle Stop...Brand new NICE gas station...BULLSEYE!! Stop by some time, the folks are nice, but don't say anything you wouldnt want mixed up!!

Frank R. Evans from Keene, Texas on 02/02/2006 04:30 PM:
I visited Calhoun in 2000 and found my Great Grandfather, Grandfather & many more of my family in the Calhoun Cemetery as well as my Aunt Alta Hopkins. Great place to imagine what took place back in the 1800's.

I have quite a lot of information on the Evans & Dukes families (my Mother is a Daughter of William Charles Dukes ll.

Feel free to contact me if you are searching for either family.

Frank Evans

Jug Town Food & Feed (Calhoun)
David Moore on 12/10/2005 06:48 PM:
Sir I am planing a ride next summer and I am looking at the Katy trail. I will be riding my horse and was thinking what's your opinion was with a horse ride on the Katy Trail. Thank You Dave Moore

Jug Town Food & Feed (Calhoun)
scott taylor from calhoun, mo on 10/19/2005 12:54 PM:
thw whole town is a nice little quite town. Whistle stop has some VERY GOOD food, and we have a brand new gas station: BULLSEYE!!! Come by and see us some time...Theres always nice folks in Calhoun, MO!!!!

Tom from St. Louis on 08/15/2005 07:52 PM:
Nothing in this town! I have been there twice. The trailhead is nice, but do not plan on eating or picking up any supplies.

Ray (webmaster) on 08/16/2005 09:55 AM:
You won't find anything on the town square, but actually there is a small convenience store 1/4 mile west of the Calhoun trailhead & square: Jug Town Food & Feed. Look for the big red grain elevator; the store is located in the eastern part of this building. Not a huge selection, but you can get basic snacks and drinks.

mike from sedalia on 07/23/2005 10:20 AM:
we rode to calhoun on the trail and the whistle stop was open, and we loved the food. will eat there again. but they need out side tables

CP from Grain Valley on 07/05/2005 09:32 PM:
We arrived at the Calhoun trailhead about noon on a Sunday: no services except for water at the trailhead. We headed back to Windsor for lunch. Very disappointed that there were no services open on a Sunday.