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A glimpse of the Southwest;  New Mexico, the Santa Fe Route

A glimpse of the Southwest; New Mexico, the Santa Fe Route
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: 1884
This brochure advertises the "Fertile Rio Grande Valley" of New Mexico. Rich in gold, silver, copper, lead, iron and coal along with forests, farms, orchards, vineyards, meadows and flocks and herds. The brochure describes the history of territory and the State of New Mexico; describes the land; tells of the natural resources that are being mined; and, of the agricultural crops being raised. The climate, the towns and educational opportunities are described. Two maps show the route of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Rail Road System in the United States and Mexico; and, the whole State of New Mexico.


Arkansas Valley Guide, Southwest Kansas

Arkansas Valley Guide, Southwest Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: 1878
This circular would be free to any address. Its purpose was to promote the development of the Arkansas River Valley in southwest Kansas. It tells of the agricultural progress of the nine counties in the Valley from 1872 to 1878. These counties are Harvey, McPherson, Sedgwick, Reno, Rice, Barton, Pawnee, Edwards, and Rush. Statistics shown for grain crops are for wheat, corn, rye, oats and barley. For livestock, statistics are for horses, mules, milk cows, other cattle, sheep and swine. Other subjects covered are timber, fruit trees, and hedges; water power; climate, and fruit growing. Examples of purchase prices and terms of sale are presented.


Better farm homes train

Better farm homes train
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: May 10--22, 1937
This is a checklist for the Better Farm Homes train traveling through Kansas. Demonstration trains like this represented an alliance between railroad companies, agricultural scientists, and manufacturers to promote settlement, improve farm management, and market commercial farm products. A typical train had room for lectures, display modern farm machinery, livestock, sleeping quarters, and a dining area. These trains were advertised through posters and newspaper articles. Many people would gather at the local train station waiting for the train to stop. The public was invited to board and then stay for the next half hour or so for demonstrations.


Cow, sow and hen train

Cow, sow and hen train
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company
Date: May 13, 1922
This circular, distributed by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, announces the arrival of the "Cow, Sow & Hen" demonstration train at Osage City. The flyer identifies the speakers and topics and especially invites women to attend. Demonstration trains such as this one represented an alliance between railroad companies, agricultural scientists, and manufacturers to promote settlement, improve farm management, and market commercial farm products. The railroad's Agricultural Development and Publicity Office managed the trains.


Dairy, swine and poultry special

Dairy, swine and poultry special
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company
Date: March 13, 1922
This is the itinerary for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad farm demonstration train on dairy, swine, and poultry. The list includes descriptions of railroad cars and equipment, program for each stop, purebred sire exchange, and the division of costs between the Kansas Agricultural College of Manhattan, Riley County, and the Santa Fe Railroad. Demonstration trains such as this one represent an alliance between railroad companies, agricultural scientists, and manufacturers to promote settlement, improve farm management, and market commercial farm products. The railroad's Agricultural Development and Publicity Office managed the trains.


Emigrants' guide to the Kansas Pacific Railway lands

Emigrants' guide to the Kansas Pacific Railway lands
Creator: Kansas Pacific Railway Company
Date: April 1871
A railroad company advertisement to emigrants promising cheap, abundant and good land for agricultural purposes.


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.


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.


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.


Ho! For the new Kansas!  The Upper Arkansas Valley

Ho! For the new Kansas! The Upper Arkansas Valley
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: July 1877
This large circular published by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad lists many reasons for immigrating to the Upper Arkansas Valley in Kansas. It describes in detail the process for acquiring land. On the reverse side is a detailed map of Kansas showing the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad line with information regarding soil, climate, livestock, crops, fruit, schools, and price of land.


Ho! For the new Kansas!  The Upper Arkansas Valley

Ho! For the new Kansas! The Upper Arkansas Valley
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company
Date: July 1875
This brochure from the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Company is in the form of a newspaper. It advertises three million acres of land for sale in southwestern Kansas. The brochure explains the prices and terms of sale, and provides quotes from successful farmers in the area as to their ability to raise abundant crops. It lists where to get information about land sales in states east of Kansas, the local agents in specific Kansas communities, and the stations and the distances between stops on the AT&SF eastern division and the Arkansas Valley route


Homes in the West!

Homes in the West!
Creator: Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway Company
Date: 1875
This broadside of the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway promotes the sale of railroad lands in Neosho County. The advertisement claims the lands are suitable for agriculture and close to natural resources and established settlements. The terms of sale are outlined as is the price per acre. The poster lists the railway's branch offices and its land commissioner, Isaac T. Goodnow, of Neosho Falls. This advertisement illustrates the important role railroad companies played in promoting Euro-American settlement and agricultural industries in the Great Plains.


Industrial resources of western Kansas and eastern Colorado

Industrial resources of western Kansas and eastern Colorado
Creator: Kansas Pacific Railway Company
Date: 1871
This pamphlet conducts a geological, demographic and distance analysis of western Kansas and eastern Colorado for future economic development.


Kansas! Out of the woods into Kansas

Kansas! Out of the woods into Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1880 and 1889
This circular from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company promotes land sales and settlement in the south central and southwest part of Kansas. This advertisement promotes the ease of farming on the prairie compared to farming the wooded land of the eastern states.


Kansas.  A complete and comprehensive description of the agricultural, horticultural, stock raising and mineral resources of Kansas

Kansas. A complete and comprehensive description of the agricultural, horticultural, stock raising and mineral resources of Kansas
Creator: Union Pacific Railway Company
Date: 1903
This Union Pacific Railroad pamphlet promotes Kansas as an abundant and ideal place to settlement.


Kansas demonstration train. "Cow, Sow & Hen"

Kansas demonstration train. "Cow, Sow & Hen"
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company
Date: May 1, 1922-May 13, 1922
These field notes document the activities of the "Cow, Sow & Hen Special," a farm demonstration train operated by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad and the extension office of the Kansas State Agricultural College. The notes document the location, time, weather, attendance, speakers and departure time. The notes reveal the author's expectations concerning the intended audience and its response to the exhibits and instruction. Demonstration trains such as this one represented an alliance between railroad companies, agricultural scientists and, manufacturers to promote settlement, improve farm management, and market commercial farm products. The railroad's Agricultural Development and Publicity Office managed the trains.


Kansas illustrated.   An accurate and reliable description of this marvelous state for the information of persons seeking homes in the great west

Kansas illustrated. An accurate and reliable description of this marvelous state for the information of persons seeking homes in the great west
Creator: Bodine, L.T.
Date: 1879
This Kansas Pacific Railroad promotional pamphlet highlights the important natural and economic resources of Kansas. It includes lists of crop production by county, inducements for emigrants, and county descriptions.


Kansas, take a correct county map of Kansas Pacific Railway : Kansas, Colorado, a map which shows the new Leadville mines . . .

Kansas, take a correct county map of Kansas Pacific Railway : Kansas, Colorado, a map which shows the new Leadville mines . . .
Creator: Kansas Pacific Railway Company
Date: July 1879
This brochure emphasizes the mining districts of Leadville and Ten-mile, but the brochure also encourages travel between Kansas and Colorado for reasons of health, scenery and immigration. There are three illustrations on one side and a full scale map on the reverse. The main illustration is of the Kansas Pacific Railway Depot in Kansas City while the map is of Kansas and Colorado with the Kansas Pacific Line clearly marked. There are timetables and a table of grain prices included.


Kansas via Missouri Pacific Railway Map

Kansas via Missouri Pacific Railway Map
Date: Between 1880 and 1890
The map shows Kansas and Missouri counties. An alphabetical list of Kansas stations on the Kansas, and Missouri Pacific Railroad are provided along with some short descriptions about selected towns. Some promotional information from the Kansas State Board of Agriculture about acres, and bushels of crops and livestock population are supplied as well.


Map of Kansas. The direct route to all points in central, southern and southwestern Kansas is the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad

Map of Kansas. The direct route to all points in central, southern and southwestern Kansas is the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: 1884
This bouchure includes a map of Kansas showing the routes of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad within the State of Kansas. Shading on both sides of the main line of the railroad indicates the Land Grant. All unsold lands are within a colored portion of the map. The brouchure includes a smaller map showing all of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe routes and connecting lines in the United States and Mexico. The brouchure advertises "Land Explorers' Round-trip Tickets", good for forty days at cheap rates. Approximately 18 panels describe these features of Kansas agriculture to be in good condition: dairy, Kansas sugar, irrigation, railroad lands, vacant lands, manufacturing, fuel supply, and education in Kansas.


Map of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway showing land grants and connections

Map of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway showing land grants and connections
Creator: Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway Company
Date: 1871
This map indicates land grant lands available from the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway, in an area from Junction City, Kansas, to Preston, Texas. It is also a map of all connecting railroads from the states of Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois, Iowa and Indiana. Major rivers, cities, and military installations are shown.


Principal crop yields of Kansas by counties for 1911

Principal crop yields of Kansas by counties for 1911
Creator: Union Pacific Railway Company
Date: August 10, 1912
This Union Pacific Railroad agricultural bulleitn shows aggregate statistical crop yields and population figures for each Kansas county in the entire state. Union Pacific Railroad Company Agriculture Bulletin (No. 103).


Secure good homes in a rich country

Secure good homes in a rich country
Creator: Leavenworth, Lawrence and Galveston Railroad Company
Date: 1873
This small pamphlet encourages the purchase and settlement of land in eastern Kansas stretching from Lawrence southward to the Kansas line and owned by the Leavenworth, Lawrence and Galveston Railroad. The land is rich in bituminous coal, good building stone, fire clay and flagging stone as well as being good for general agriculture, fruit growing, sheep raising, and cattle grazing.


The Earth

The Earth
Date: February 1923
The Earth was a publication of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad. Its sub heading was "Especially the best part of it--the Santa Fe Southwest." The front page has the schedule for the Santa Fe Cow, Sow and Hen Special Texas train being supported by AT&SF. It was traveling in the northwest part of Texas March 21 through April 3, 1923. It was scheduled to stop in 3 or more Texas communities each day. Page two has an article about the activities of the train and women were specifically invited to attend. There is also an article on page two about the Panhandle Plains area of northwest Texas. The Earth was an ongoing publication of the AT&SF, published in Topeka, Kansas. This issue was Vol. XIX No. 2.


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