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Kansas Railroads

At the time Kansas was organized as a territory in 1854 the means of transportation west of the Mississippi River were extremely limited. Immigrants came by water from St. Louis to what is now Kansas City, Missouri, from which point the trip westward toward the interior of the state had to be made with wagons, over a country where even wagon roads had not yet been established. Under these conditions the question of better transportation facilities was one which early engaged the attention of the Kansas pioneers. In 1834, twenty years before the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Bill, Dr. Samuel K. Barlow of Massachusetts advocated the building of a railroad through the western country which he had just visited.

Three years later Dr. Hartwell Carver, in a communication to the New York Courier and Inquirer, suggested a railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Coast, if possible, and at any rate, to the head of navigation on the Columbia River.

Abilene, KS - Loading Cattle, 1867

Abilene, KS - Loading Cattle, 1867

Abilene, KS - Loading Texas Cattle

Abilene, KS - Loading Texas Cattle

Abilene, KS - Old Town Depot

Abilene, KS - Old Town Depot

Abilene, KS - Old Town Train

Abilene, KS - Old Town Train

Across the continent, 1868

Across the continent, 1868

Ada, KS - Depot

Ada, KS - Depot

Atchison, KS - Depot

Atchison, KS - Depot

Beaumont, KS - Frisco Water Tower

Beaumont, KS - Frisco Water Tower

Caldwell, KS - Trains

Caldwell, KS - Trains

Caneiro, KS - Union Pacific Train

Caneiro, KS - Union Pacific Train

Chanute, KS - Depot

Chanute, KS - Depot

Chanute, KS - Santa Fe Station, early 1900's

Chanute, KS - Santa Fe Station, early 1900's

Corona, KS - Boston Depot

Corona, KS - Boston Depot

Corona, KS - Depot & Trains

Corona, KS - Depot & Trains

Dodge City, KS - Depot

Dodge City, KS - Depot

Dodge City, KS - Restored Railroad Depot

Dodge City, KS - Restored Railroad Depot

Ellsworth, KS - Depot, 1867

Ellsworth, KS - Depot, 1867

Ellsworth, KS - Terra Cotta Depot

Ellsworth, KS - Terra Cotta Depot

Eureka, KS - Depot

Eureka, KS - Depot

Fort Scott, KS - Depot

Fort Scott, KS - Depot