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Albert Dwight Searl

Albert Dwight Searl
Creator: Storm, F. D.
Date: About 1900
This cabinet card shows Albert Dwight Searl, (1831-1902), a surveyor and Civil War solider. He arrived in Lawrence, Kansas, on September 15, 1854 with the second party of the New England Emigrant Aid Company. A surveyor by profession, Searl went to work laying out the entire city of Lawrence and the city of Topeka, Kansas. He also surveyed the Kansas towns of Manhattan, Burlington, El Dorado, and Osawatomie before the start of the Civil War. In 1861, Searl enlisted as a private in the Eighth Kansas Volunteers and within a short period of time he was promoted to second lieutenant and later a first lieutenant of Company D. During the final years of the war, Searl transferred to the 9th Kansas Calvary before he mustered out of service. After the war, Searl resumed his career by surveying towns along the Union Pacific Railroad and he became the chief engineer for the St. Louis, Lawrence & Denver Railroad and the St. Louis, Lawrence & Western Railroad. As construction on the railroad moved across Kansas and into the Colorado territory, Searl found himself moving from Lawrence in 1872 to Leadville, Colorado. In Colorado, he surveyed the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad and was engaged in a number of mining ventures. On October 20, 1902 Albert Dwight Searl died at his home in Leadville, Colorado, at the age of seventy-one. Burial was in Lawrence, Kansas.

The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe is by all odds the best line to Leadville

The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe is by all odds the best line to Leadville
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company
Date: 1880
This broadside promotes an express passenger route from Atchison and Kansas City, Kansas, to Leadville, Colorado, by way of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, and the Denver & Rio Grande Railway. The poster also mentions Pueblo, Denver, and Canon City, Colorado; the Great Bonanza Camp; the Glorious Grand Canon of the Arkansas [river]; the Denver South Park & Pacific Railroad; the Gunnison and San Jaun rivers; and the Great "Santa Fe Trail" route. The poster may have ben printed on August 7, 1880.

Union Pacific Rail Road Company tourist's folder

Union Pacific Rail Road Company tourist's folder
Creator: Union Pacific Railroad Company
Date: Between May 1, 1888 and September 30, 1888
This tourist folder shows time tables and site information for six routes of the Union Pacific Rail Road Company and the Kansas Pacific Rail Road Company to various tourist destinations in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado for the summer of 1888. Side one is nine panels of time tables with information about Idaho Springs and Estes Park. The reverse side has six panels describing the features of other sites. It also has a map of most of Colorado and southern Wyoming showing the routes to the different tourist sites.

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