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A Kansas Pacific Railway map of Kansas and Colorado

A Kansas Pacific Railway map of Kansas and Colorado
Creator: Kansas Pacific Railway Company
Date: Between 1865 and 1880
This map by the Kansas Pacific Railway Company features their "Golden Belt Route" from Kansas City to the "rich silver discoveries in Colorado." It advertises the "shortest and quickest, therefore the cheapest, route to Colorado." The map includes all of the counties of Kansas and eastern Colorado and most of the cities, towns and communities.


A geographically correct map of the Kansas Pacific Railway showing the only direct route to Denver and all the popular Rocky Mountain resorts . . .

A geographically correct map of the Kansas Pacific Railway showing the only direct route to Denver and all the popular Rocky Mountain resorts . . .
Creator: Kansas Pacific Railway Company
Date: May 1877
This large brochure contains a full map on one side of Kansas, Colorado, and portions of surrounding states including the Black Hills of South Dakota. The reverse side has a myriad of information encouraging immigration to Kansas with the purchase of Kansas Pacific Railway lands; freighting between the Missouri River and Denver; $45.00 round trip tickets for tourists between Kansas City and Denver; enjoying the Switzerland of America and its many resorts; the railway line with Pullman sleepers, steel tracks and Westinghouse brakes; gold and silver mining in the San Juan and Black Hill regions; health resorts with pure air for weak lungs, sulfur springs, iron springs and hot springs; and a time table for the Kansas Pacific Railway. All of this was meant to promote travel on the Kansas Pacific Railway. NOTE: Because of the design of the brochure, pages 2 and 3 are duplicates but the right side up of the text is in the lower half of each image.


All bound for the Kansas valleys!

All bound for the Kansas valleys!
Date: Between 1870 and 1880
This brochure advertises the sale of five million acres of land by the Kansas Pacific Railroad, along the Kaw, Big Blue, Republican, Smoky Hill, Solomon, Saline, and Victoria Rivers in Kansas. The illustration on the last page may have been drawn by Topeka artist Henry Worrall.


A new home in an old settlement

A new home in an old settlement
Date: May 1, 1876
This paper advertises for sale land formerly owned by the Pottawatomie Nation from 1837 to 1868, and then owned by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Rail Road Company. On the reverse side of the paper is a sectional map showing the area and identifying those lands that were still for sale by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad company. The text gives brief descriptions of the cities and towns in the area; the railroads available; fuel and lumber that are native to the area; descriptions and prices of the lands.


Brookville, Kansas

Brookville, Kansas
Creator: Benecke, R., St. Louis, MO
Date: 1870-1880
This photograph shows a view of Brookville, Kansas. It appears to be the model for the illustration in Kansas Memory item 313073. In the foreground a man in a hat sits in the grass watching a train with rolling stock pass by on the Kansas Pacific Railway line.


Colorado, its resorts and attractions to the pleasure-seeker, tourist and invalid

Colorado, its resorts and attractions to the pleasure-seeker, tourist and invalid
Creator: Kansas Pacific Railway Company
Date: Reprinted 1873 (Original 1870)
This promotional pamphlet produced by the Kansas Pacific Railway promotes Colorado tourism and highlights resorts and attractions along the company's Colorado rail transportation line.


Cover letter for a prospectus and subscription list for an expansion of the Kansas Pacific Railway Company.

Cover letter for a prospectus and subscription list for an expansion of the Kansas Pacific Railway Company.
Creator: Kansas Pacific Railway Company. Land Department
Date: June 1, 1873
This letter solicits subscription of funds to advance the expansion of the Kansas Pacific Railway Company by fifty-two miles to reach Fort Lyon, Colorado. It says that Fort Lyon will become the major military distribution center west of the Missouri River. The claim is that this expansion will "practically place the Kansas Pacific beyond danger of competition from new lines for the future business of the Valley, between Fort Lyon and Pueblo, Colorado." They "...propose to secure a sufficient tract of land on either side of the Arkansas River at the terminus of the fifty-two miles first constructed, to establish a town" From there it goes on the describe expected financial benefits to the subscribers.


Emigrants' guide to the Kansas Pacific Railway lands : best and cheapest farming and grazing lands in America

Emigrants' guide to the Kansas Pacific Railway lands : best and cheapest farming and grazing lands in America
Creator: Kansas Pacific Railway Company
Date: 1871
Promotional advertisement pamphlet by the Kansas Pacific Railway Company offering 6,000,00 acres of land for sale in Kansas.


Forest Tree Culture on Kansas Prairies

Forest Tree Culture on Kansas Prairies
Creator: Kern, Maximilian Gottlieb, 1825-1916
Date: 1879
Kansas Pacific Railway promotional publication advocating the advantages of cultivating trees on the Kansas prairie for newly arriving emigrants into the region.


Free! Take a correct county map of Kansas Pacific Railway, Kansas and Colorado

Free! Take a correct county map of Kansas Pacific Railway, Kansas and Colorado
Creator: Kansas Pacific Railway Company
Date: 1878
This eight column brochure advertises the advantages and benefits of visiting and/or settling in Colorado or Kansas. For Colorado, it is the size (larger than all of New England); the resorts (grand scenery); the climate (the climate and mineral springs are a medicine which is wrought with complete cures); the parks (one of the most wonderful features of the world); the mineral resources (gold and silver); and the fact that the health and pleasure resorts all can be reached by railroad (the Kansas Pacific Railway). For Kansas, it is the growing population, the agriculture, and the availability of land. In 1878 Kansas became the number one producer of wheat in the United States and over 45 per cent of that was produced and then shipped on Kansas Pacific Railway lands. The reverse side of the brochure is a map of the Kansas Pacific Railway routes from Kansas City and Leavenworth to the west, including Kit Carson, La Junta. Denver, Trinidad, Del Norte, and Greeley in Colorado and Cheyenne, Wyoming.


Free! Take the excellent Kansas Pacific new map of Colorado and Kansas : read new time tables, by which you save many hours' time . . .

Free! Take the excellent Kansas Pacific new map of Colorado and Kansas : read new time tables, by which you save many hours' time . . .
Creator: Kansas Pacific Railway Company
Date: 1878
This brochure advertises the Kansas Pacific Railway's "Golden Belt Route" by a map of their lines from Kansas City and Leavenworth to Kit Carson, La Junta, Denver, Trinidad, Greeley in Colorado, and Cheyenne, Wyoming. The map shows all of the counties of Kansas and its principal cities as of 1878. In Colorado it shows principal cities throughout the state and the major peaks and passes of the Rocky Mountains. The reverse side of the brochure advertises the Kansas Pacific Railway routes and facilities in Colorado and Kansas. It has an engraving of the Kansas Pacific Railway's Union Depot in Kansas City, Missouri along with time tables for the various routes of the Kansas Pacific and some of the local connecting railroads. For Colorado, the mineral and agricultural resources, medicinal properties of its mineral waters are promoted. For Kansas the agricultural land available for settling is promoted, as well as many tourist opportunities for both states.


"From the Plains," New York Times

"From the Plains," New York Times
Creator: New York Times Company
Date: October 19, 1867
This brief article concerns the impending treaty negotiations between various Indian tribes and the U. S. government, which would eventually be signed at Medicine Lodge Creek, Barber County. The article mentions that, in case no peace treaties are signed, the military will protect settlers by stationing more soldiers on the plains and by hastening the completion of more railroads. These railroads would ensure that game animals, essential to the livelihood of the Indian tribes, would be wiped out.


Grand Tour of Colorado for forty-five dollars

Grand Tour of Colorado for forty-five dollars
Date: Between 1870 and 1890
This poster advertises tours originating in Omaha, Nebraska, Kansas City, Missouri or Leavenworth, Kansas to Denver, Colorado Springs or Pueblo, Colorado. The Union Pacific Railroad, Kansas Pacific Railroad, Colorado Central Railroad, the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, and the Kansas City, St. Joseph and Council Bluffs Railroad are included. Five grand tours are advertised.


Grand barbecue and re-union of the Old Settlers of Kansas, at Bismarck Grove

Grand barbecue and re-union of the Old Settlers of Kansas, at Bismarck Grove
Creator: Kansas Pacific Railway Company
Date: 1878
This poster advertised special excursion trains from Topeka to an old settlers reunion to be held at Bismarck Grove, Douglas County on September 15-16, 1879. This event was celebrating the 25th anniversary of the creation of Kansas Territory. The poster claims that this will be the "Grandest Celebration ever held in the State."


Great war is causing an immense consumption of grain and meat

Great war is causing an immense consumption of grain and meat
Creator: Kansas Pacific Railway Company
Date: Between 1876 and 1879
This flyer encourages land purchase and development in central Kansas through the Kansas Pacific Railway. The reasoning is an expanded market for wheat and meat due to the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878. The poster contains caricatures of Russia (large bear with helmet and sword) battling Turkey (large turkey with crescent moon affixed to head) while Uncle Sam looks on encouragingly.


Guide map of the great Texas cattle trail from Red River crossing to the old reliable Kansas Pacific Railway

Guide map of the great Texas cattle trail from Red River crossing to the old reliable Kansas Pacific Railway
Creator: Kansas Pacific Railway Company
Date: 1874
This railroad guide book was produced by the Kansas Pacific Railway to aid cattle ranchers in getting their herds to market.


Guide to the Kansas Pacific Railway --The best and shortest cattle route from Texas, 1872

Guide to the Kansas Pacific Railway --The best and shortest cattle route from Texas, 1872
Creator: Kansas Pacific Railway Company
Date: 1872
This map shows the Kansas Pacific Railway routes from Texas, through Indian territory (Oklahoma), to north central Kansas. In Texas there are 35 named stations or towns; the southern most is Corpus Christi and the northern most is Red River Station. At the northern terminus in Kansas are the towns of Morgans, Wilson, New Abilene, Ellsworth, Brookvillle, Salina, Solomon and Abilene.


Hand book for the Kansas Pacific Railway

Hand book for the Kansas Pacific Railway
Creator: Kansas Pacific Railway Company
Date: 1870
This Kansas Pacific Railroad publication advertises good abundant and cheap land readily available on its rail line between Kansas City, Missouri, and Denver, Colorado. The booklet contains descriptions of the country and cities and towns along the Kansas Pacific Railroad and its branches.


Hays City, Kansas, aged four weeks, 289 miles west of the Missouri River

Hays City, Kansas, aged four weeks, 289 miles west of the Missouri River
Creator: Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882
Date: 1867
This photograph shows Hays, Kansas, when it was four weeks old. Visible in the photograph are early buildings and tents with a freight train in the background. It is from Alexander Gardner's series, Across the Continent on the Kansas Pacific Railroad.


Horse drawn trolley

Horse drawn trolley
Date: 1870
Horse-drawn trolley in Lawrence, Kansas. The trolley was apparently operated by the Lawrence Street Railway Company. A sign on the car indicates the Kansas Pacific Depot.


How the W. P. R. R. violates its' charter

How the W. P. R. R. violates its' charter
Creator: Union Pacific Railroad Company
Date: 1873
A partial map of the Southwestern United States showing the Central Pacific, Union Pacific, Denver Pacific and Kansas Pacific Railroads. This map was possibly taken from an article/book by Robert E. Carr. The W.P.R.R. was probably the original Western Pacific Railroad (1862-1870), established in 1865 to build the western-most portion of the Transcontinental railroad.


John Palmer Usher

John Palmer Usher
Creator: Corwin, E.H.
Date: Between 1870 and 1879
This cabinet card shows John Palmer Usher (1816-1889), a lawyer from Indiana, who served as U. S. Secretary of the Interior in President Abraham Lincoln's cabinet. Usher served only two years (1863-1865) before returning to private life. In 1865, he become the chief counsel for the Kansas Pacific Railroad; a position he held until his retirement in 1880. Usher, also, resumed his political career, when he moved to Lawrence, Kansas, in 1872, and was elected to one term as the town's mayor (1879 to 1881). On April 13, 1889, at the age of seventy-three, Usher passed away at the University Hospital in Philadelphia after a lengthy illness. He is burial at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, Kansas.


John Palmer Usher

John Palmer Usher
Date: Between 1860 and 1865
This black and white photograph shows John Palmer Usher (1816-1889). A lawyer from Indiana and a member of President Abraham Lincoln's cabinet. Usher served only two years as the seventh U.S. Secretary of the Interior, (1863-1865), before returning to private life. In 1865, he become the chief counsel for the Kansas Pacific Railroad a position he held until his retirement in 1880. Usher also resumed his political career when he moved to Lawrence, Kansas, in 1872, and was elected to serve one term as the town's mayor (1879 to 1881). On April 13, 1889, at the age of 73, Usher died at the University Hospital in Philadelphia after a lengthy illness. Burial was at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, Kansas.


John Palmer Usher

John Palmer Usher
Date: Between 1860 and 1865
This black and white photograph shows John Palmer Usher, (1816-1889). A lawyer from Indiana and a member of President Abraham Lincoln's cabinet. Usher served only two years as the seventh U.S. Secretary of the Interior, (1863-1865), before returning to private life. In 1865, he become the chief counsel for the Kansas Pacific Railroad a position he held until his retirement in 1880. Usher also resumed his political career when he moved to Lawrence, Kansas, in 1872, and was elected to serve one term as the town's mayor, (1879 to 1881). On April 13, 1889, at the age of seventy-three, he passed away at the University Hospital in Philadelphia after a lengthy illness. Burial was at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, Kansas.


John Palmer Usher

John Palmer Usher
Date: Between 1860 and 1865
This black and white engraving shows John Palmer Usher, (1816-1889). A lawyer from Indiana and a member of President Abraham Lincoln's cabinet. Usher served only two years as the seventh U.S. Secretary of the Interior, (1863-1865), before returning to private life. In 1865, he become the chief counsel for the Kansas Pacific Railroad a position he held until his retirement in 1880. Usher also resumed his political career when he moved to Lawrence, Kansas, in 1872, and was elected to serve one term as the town's mayor (1879-1881). On April 13, 1889 at the age of seventy-three, he passed away at the University Hospital in Philadelphia after a lengthy illness. Burial was at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, Kansas.


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