Jay Gould “Atalanta” Car
Tour the resplendent “Palace” car Atalanta, that belonged to railroad baron, Jay Gould’s Missouri Pacific Railroad.
Jason “Jay” Gould (May 27, 1836 – December 2, 1892) was a leading American railroad developer and speculator. One of his company’s “Palace” railroad cars, The Atalanta is on display in Jefferson on Austin Street.
The private parlor car has a luxurious interior with four staterooms, lounge, dining room, kitchen, butler’s pantry and bathroom. He named the train car after the Goddess of Speed. It is ironic the train car ended up in Jefferson because, according to local folklore, the town rejected Gould’s bid to pass his railroad through the town.
After his rejection, he allegedly wrote in the register of the Excelsior Hotel “The end of Jefferson” and now the trophy car is within a stone’s throw of the hotel.