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Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Rail Road. The new and direct route to the San Juan gold and silver mines

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Rail Road. The new and direct route to the San Juan gold and silver mines
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: 1870s or 1880s
This broadside promotes travel to the Colorado mines via the AT&SF railroad. The route began at Kansas City and traveled to Denver with various stops in between. This item demonstrates railroad companies' involvement in the promotion of mining activities and a perception of the Rocky Mountains as a tourist destination.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad.  The new southern route to Denver

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. The new southern route to Denver
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: 1870s or 1880s
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad promotional advertisement encouraging travel on its new southern route to Denver, Colorado, and the San Juan gold and silver mines.


Baseball trophy

Baseball trophy
Date: 1926
"Goldsmith Trophy Awarded Dr. J.R. Brinkley, Milford, Kansas, owner Brinkley's Goats, Winners Base-Ball Championship, Rocky Mountain News Times, Denver 1926." The Goats won six of seven games during the tournament, defeating Milliken's Whiz Bangs of Denver in the championship on August 16. During the 1920s John R. Brinkley (1885-1942) sponsored several baseball teams in Milford, both to promote the town and advertise his clinic's goat gland procedure.


Bird's eye view of Colfax Avenue, Montclaire, near Denver, Colorado

Bird's eye view of Colfax Avenue, Montclaire, near Denver, Colorado
Creator: Denver Lithograph Company
Date: 1887
This lithographic souvenir of Arbor Day in 1887 shows a bird's eye view of Colfax Avenue from Montclair 350 feet above Denver, Colorado. Real estate dealer W. B. von Richthofen presented the souvenir which was printed by the Denver Lithograph Company. The map identifies Long's Peak and many sections of the city including City Park, Rohling's Addition, Hartman's Addition, Bellevue, Park Hill, Colfax Heights, Downington, Colfax Terrace, Von Richthofen's, addition to Montclair, the Zoological Gardens, Kensington, Montclair Gardens, Colfax Gardens, Hayden Dickinson's Subdivision, Montrose, and Garden City.


Bird's eye view of Denver, Colorado

Bird's eye view of Denver, Colorado
Date: 1887
This black and white drawing shows structures throughout Denver, Colorado, in 1887. There is a key at the bottom that gives numbers for specific structures such as the State Capitol, the county court house, churches, schools, hotels, office buildings, smelters, etc. However, the numbers can be difficult to locate.


California and the expositions.  Yellowstone National Park.  How to go and what to see

California and the expositions. Yellowstone National Park. How to go and what to see
Creator: Union Pacific Railway Company
Date: Between 1914 and 1915
This pamphlet is a Union Pacific Railroad promotional advertisement for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, California, between February 20, 1915-December 04, 1915, including a travel excursion to Yellowstone National Park in the Rocky Mountains and other areas of interest.


Centennial, 1776 - 1876; Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Rail Road

Centennial, 1776 - 1876; Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Rail Road
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: 1876
This poster celebrates the centennial year 1876, by urging all people to travel west via the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Rail Road. "When in the course of human events" it becomes necessary for the people of Eastern, Northern and Southern States, of our great Republic to visit the Rocky Mountains, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona ... (select the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Rail Road.)


Colonel John M. Chivington to Major General S. R. Curtis

Colonel John M. Chivington to Major General S. R. Curtis
Creator: United States. Congress. Senate
Date: December 16, 1864
This copy of a letter by Colonel John Chivington, commander of the 1st Colorado Cavalry, was included in the report of a military commission called to investigate the Sand Creek massacre in Colorado Territory. In the letter, Chivington describes his pursuit of "hostile" Indians and his actions at Sand Creek. According to Chivington, he took no prisoners, leaving between five and six hundred Indians "dead upon the field." He also captured around 550 ponies and horses, as well as other Indian property. This letter is included in a larger published report, titled Report of the Secretary of War, Communicating, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate of February 4, 1867, a copy of the evidence taken at Denver and Fort Lyon, Colorado Territory, by a military commission, ordered to inquire into the Sand Creek massacre, November, 1864.


Colorado for the tourist

Colorado for the tourist
Creator: Union Pacific Railway Company
Date: 1920s
This Union Pacific Railroad Company promotional advertisement describes the beautiful scenery provided to the tourist in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.


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.


Colorado train service via Rock Island Lines, Summer 1912

Colorado train service via Rock Island Lines, Summer 1912
Creator: Rock Island Railroad Company
Date: 1912
This brochure advertises the services of four trains of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad. Two of the trains are from Chicago and Omaha and the other two are from St. Louis and Kansas City. The trains from Chicago and Omaha are the "Rocky Mountain Limited" and the "Colorado and California Express" The two trains from St. Louis and Kansas City are the "Colorado-Pacific Coast Express" and the "Colorado Flyer." The daily schedules for each train are included. Such features as electric lighted cars; a buffet-library-observation car with barber, valet and Victrola recitals; and telegraphic bulletins.


Compliments of the Great Rock Island Route

Compliments of the Great Rock Island Route
Creator: Rock Island Railroad Company
Date: 1890
This is a Rock Island Railroad promotional advertisement in the form of a monthly calendar detailing the various major routes of the line. The first image shows a photographic transparency of the poster taken in the 1960s when the poster was still in good condition. The second image shows a recent scan of the original poster and the resulting deterioration over the last forty years.


Cowboy hat

Cowboy hat
Creator: John B. Stetson Hat Company
Date: between 1935 and 1950
Beige wool felt Stetson cowboy hat. Belonged to Roy Faulkner (1911-1981), the "Lonesome Cowboy." He sang and played guitar, violin, musical saw, and harmonica on radio stations throughout the Midwest, including WIBW in Topeka. Faulkner also worked at KFKB in Milford, Kansas, a station owned by John R. Brinkley, the infamous "Goat Gland Doctor." In addition to radio performances, Faulkner also toured the U.S. with the Purple Sage Riders (not Gene Autry's Riders of the Purple Sage). He retired from show business in 1950, at which time he retired to Topeka. Purchaed in Denver at the Stockman-Farmer Supply Company, a business where Faulkner occasionally performed.


D & B Powers wagon train

D & B Powers wagon train
Creator: Williams & McDonald
Date: June 20, 1868
This is a photograph of the D. & B. Powers wagon train from Leavenworth, Kansas, circling in the street at Denver, Colorado. A number of business buildings are visible in the background.


Dangers of self-drugging with proprietary medicines, by Edward Bumgardner, Lawrence, Kansas

Dangers of self-drugging with proprietary medicines, by Edward Bumgardner, Lawrence, Kansas
Date: June 24, 1902
These images show the essay titled "Dangers of Self-Drugging With Proprietary Medicines," by Edward Bumgardner of Lawrence, Kansas. The essay was part of a prize contest on topics for the public good, published under the Latin heading, "Pro Bono Publico." The essay expresses criticism of the advertising, sale, and use of so-called "patent medicines," and reports on the high levels of alcoholic and narcotic ingredients that often made up such remedies. The essay concludes by calling upon newspaper publishers to stop printing advertisements for such medicines, for legislation requiring the ingredients of medicines to be listed on the labels, and for physicians to lead a crusade against such dangerous drugs.


Denver City, Kansas Territory

Denver City, Kansas Territory
This is an illustration captioned "The Kansas Gold Region-View of Auraria and Denver City, Cherry Creek, near Long's Peak." The illustration was made by Col. D. H. Huyett, and was published in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper on December 15, 1860.


Denver in 1864

Denver in 1864
Date: 1864
This is a photograph capturing a view of Denver, Colorado in 1864.


F.A. Noyes to Governor John St. John

F.A. Noyes to Governor John St. John
Creator: Noyes, F.A.
Date: March 01, 1880
Learning of a trip to Denver, Colorado, by Kansas Governor St. John, a representative of the Colorado Prohibition Alliance, F.A. Noyes, requests the Governor deliver a speech to his group.


F. A. Noyes to Governor John St. John

F. A. Noyes to Governor John St. John
Creator: Noyes, F. A.
Date: April 25, 1880
In this letter, Kansas Governor St. John is informed by F. A. Noyes of Denver, Colorado, that there are approximately 2,500 licensed liquor dealers in the country. Noyes would like the Governor to speak to the Colorado State Prohibition Alliance on May 11th, 1880, in Denver, Colorado.


From the river to the mountains via the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad

From the river to the mountains via the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad
Date: 1876
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad promotional advertisement encouraging travel on its western line to the Rocky Mountains from the east. Includes timetable and illustrations by Topeka artist Henry Worrall.


Great Rock Island route.  Solid vestibule trains

Great Rock Island route. Solid vestibule trains
Creator: Rock Island Railroad Company
Date: 1890
Rock Island Railroad promotional advertisement in the form of a monthly calendar detailing the line route between Chicago and Kansas City, Council Bluffs, Colorado Springs, Denver and Pueblo.


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.


International Dry-Farming Congress

International Dry-Farming Congress
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1915-1919: Capper)
Date: 1915
This file includes general correspondence relating to the International Dry-Farming Congress held in Denver, Colorado from September 27 to October 9, 1915. Topics included, but not limited to, in the correspondence is exhibits at the International Soil-Product Exposition held in conjunction with the International Dry-Farming Congress, bills to fund the proposed exhibit, and attendance to the Congress. This is part of a bigger collection of Governor Arthur Capper correspondence.


J. P. Root to Governor John St. John

J. P. Root to Governor John St. John
Creator: Root, J. P.
Date: October 31, 1880
A recommendation written by J. P. Root, on behalf of the temperance people of Wyandotte, for temperance worker C. N. Gaulding.


James Marr Kellerman

James Marr Kellerman
Creator: Bohm, Charles
Date: 1885
This is a cabinet card showing James Marr Kellerman, who worked on the Smoky Hills Ranch in Gove County in 1885.


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