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Here are newspaper clippings and photographs showing the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific wreck located two miles east of Smith Center, Kansas.  The wreck occurred when the Rock Island passenger train No. 7, the Rocky Mountain Limited, was derailed, resulting in three cars being burned and passengers and employees being slightly injured.  It was reported the accident was due to excessive speed over a defective piece of track. The train was traveling about 35 miles an hour when the accident occurred.  The locomotive left the rails and landed in a field.  The cars were dragged with the locomotive, and the large tender was wrenched and twisted. One of the mail cars collided with the tender and the wrecked cars immediately caught on fire and quickly burned.  A mail clerk was quite badly wounded and four others were slightly injured.  Ray Wiggins, engineer, and Will Doleman, fireman, were in charge of the engine and retained their places on the locomotive during the accident.  Wiggins sustained slight injuries by being thrown from his seat.  The fireman Will Doleman is credited with rendering assistance to the injured and extinguishing the fire.


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250,000 images!

Posted by Jocelyn Wehr (Digital Archivist) on Sep 6, 2012

Congratulations are in order to the visitors, volunteers, and staff who support and work to improve digital access to the collections of the Kansas Historical Society. We now have over 250,000 digital images available on Kansas Memory, which continues to expand since it was created in 2007. Just in the past two months we've added over 26,000 images! The 250,000th image is...

Brookdale Rice Co Kansas

Jany 1st 1871

Governor Harvey

Dear Sir

Enclosed please find petition for the general distribution of arms among the citizens of Rice Co. necessary for their defence against any raid or raids by the Cheyenne Indians.

Most of the settlers located in this vicinity are unable to purchase the arms and ammunition necessary, hence the petition.

Should you not decree it advisable to send the arms, a small detachment of troops sent here would allay all anxiety on the part of the people located in this vicinity. 

Trusting that you will give this matter your careful

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consideration I have the honor to be very truly yours

D.H. Bowdoin


Brookdale P.O.

Rice County

By way of Ellsworth  


This letter is part of the Kansas Adjutant General's correspondence collection, containing 50 years of letters from 1861-1910, now available on Kansas Memory. Events highlighted in this collection include the militia companies involved in the Civil War, including colored units, and Price’s Raid claims for compensation for lost property and militia service rendered during Price’s Missouri Expedition. Reports of Indian conflicts continued well into the 1880s, as the presence of the reorganized Kansas National Guard expanded across the state and beyond, including the Spanish-American War in 1898. The Kansas Adjutant General’s correspondence collection is one of many found in the State Archives which preserves the records of all three branches of state government, including the official records of nearly every Kansas governor.

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