Denison suffered a painful blow in 1987 when the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (Katy) Railroad was merged with the much larger Union Pacific. But many years before that happened the Katy was dealt an earlier blow that paralyzed not only the railroad, but pretty much all of Denison.
A nation-wide strike of shop union employees in 1922 hit Denison so hard that it took many years for it to recover. Some families never recovered when the strike pitted many brothers against brothers, and split up long friendships.
The strike is blamed for the plunge in the city’s population over the next eight years. Continued