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In this letter G. R. Anderson, owner of a general merchandise, coal, and hay store in Caldwell, Kansas, complains to the Board of Railroad Commissioners that the rate of transferring loads of coal on the Missouri Pacific Railroad at Ft. Scott is unreasonable. The flat rate of five dollars per car meant that, proportionally, moving a small load of coal was more expensive that moving a large load of coal. See the Board of Railroad Commissioners' response to this concern, a letter by H. M. Hoxie to E. J. Twiner, dated May 31, 1883.

Creator: Anderson, G. R.
Date: May 21, 1883

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This letter provides an example of how the railroads were perceived as being unfair in the assignment of rates; it could be read in conjunction with H.M. Hoxie's response. Discontentment with the railroad was a major impetus in the formation of the Populist Party in Kansas.

KS:7th:4.2: Populism (2005)

Item Number: 210857
Call Number: Board of Railroad Commissioner Case Files, Box 1, Folder 9
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210857

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