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Abbie Bright correspondence

Abbie Bright correspondence
Creator: Bright, Abbie, 1848-1926
Date: 1861-1903
Abbie Bright was born on a farm near Danville, Pennsylvania, on December 17, 1848. She had three brothers, Dennis, Hiram and Philip, all of whom enlisted in the army when the Civil War broke out. Abbie had three sisters, Rebecca, Peninah, and Mary, all of whom aided the war effort. In 1870 Abbie traveled to Indiana and Kansas to visit Hiram and Philip and wrote an account of her trip in a diary (also available on Kansas Memory as record unit 223662). While in Kansas she acquired 160 acres as an investment. This series of correspondence includes letters describing the brother's wartime activities. There are also letters to and from other individuals who were involved in the Civil War. These writings make a significant contribution to Civil War research. Other letters pertain to Philip and Abbie Bright's westward migration. Philip moved to Wyoming, Kansas, Texas, and Arizona but died in 1873 and the letters at that time mostly concern his death. The 1902 and 1903 correspondence apparently regards the sale of Abbie's land in Kansas. A complete transcription is available by clicking on "Text Version" below.


Legislative Information Sought by Arizona

Legislative Information Sought by Arizona
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1915-1919: Capper)
Date: 1915
This file includes correspondence between Kansas and Arizona where Arizona is asking Kansas for advice regarding the effective running of the legislature. This is part of a bigger collection of Governor Arthur Capper correspondence.


Phoenix on the Chief

Phoenix on the Chief
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between January 1931 and February 1931
This brochure published by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company is seeking travelers to take the passenger trains the "Chief" and the "Grand Canyon Limited" to Phoenix, Arizona for winter vacations. There are also schedules included for the "Chief" and the "Grand Canyon Limited". On the backside of the brochure are images of hotels and resorts in Arizona.


Union Station, Phoenix, Arizona

Union Station, Phoenix, Arizona
Date: Between 1950 and 1960
These two images show the Union Station in Phoenix, Arizona. The station was built in 1923 through the cooperation between the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company and the Southern Pacific Railroad, and provided service to the Arizona and California area until 1995. The depot was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 25, 1985.


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