Amtrak began serving the new station at Arcadia Valley, Missouri, this past weekend and local business leaders are expecting Amtrak service to give the region’s tourism efforts a boost.
Don Barzowski said the opening of the station prompted him to start a restaurant in town.
“We started talking about this restaurant maybe a year ago, that was right after Amtrak announced and we heard about other things that might be coming to the valley so we said hey, we got to get on board,” said Barzowski, part-owner of the Iron Mule in Ironton
“It gives us a lot of opportunities,” said Jesse Wren, an Ironton resident, said. “We have more people coming into our town, so we have more of a diversity coming to Ironton, instead of the same old people because we have the accessibility of the Amtrak.”
Arcadia Valley is served daily by the Chicago-San Antonio Texas Eagle, and is one of three stops for the train in Missouri. The other stops are St. Louis and Poplar Bluff.