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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.


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.


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.


Lightning!! Look at the time! - Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe R.R.

Lightning!! Look at the time! - Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe R.R.
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1890 and 1910
This poster advertises a "Lightning Express Train" leaving Kansas City at 11:30 a.m. daily and arriving at Pueblo, Colorado at 3 p.m. the next day; then on to Denver, arriving at 8:30 p.m. that day. It claims to be the only direct route to the San Jaun mines. It is also called, "The Tourists' Route", because it passes through the "Great Arkansas Valley."


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.


The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, pleasure resorts of Southern Colorado

The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, pleasure resorts of Southern Colorado
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1870 and 1900
This map of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway system shows the company's lines from northeast Kansas to eastern Colorado, including Kansas City, Atchison and Leavenworth, Kansas, to Pueblo and Denver, Colorado. This document promotes travel to the resort communities in Southern Colorado and the gold and silver mine districts in the San Juan Valley of Colorado. The reverse side of the map tells of the agricultural development of seven counties in Kansas including Harvey, McPherson, Sedgwick, Reno, Rick, Barton and Pawnee.


To the east & south : Kansas Pacific Railway, the great through route, Denver, Central, Boulder, Greeley, Evans, Cheyenne, Las Animas, Pueblo, &c, &c.

To the east & south : Kansas Pacific Railway, the great through route, Denver, Central, Boulder, Greeley, Evans, Cheyenne, Las Animas, Pueblo, &c, &c.
Creator: Kansas Pacific Railway Company
Date: 1875
This brochure advertises the routes of the Kansas Pacific Railway Company, with emphasis on accommodations, both passenger and freight, from the western states to the east. Specifically, the company claims such exclusive features as, "the quickest and best route to Kansas City, Leavenworth, St. Louis, Chicago, and all Atlantic seaboard cities"; Pullman cars on all through trains; and special rates for ore, wool, and hide shipments from Colorado and New Mexico. An etching of the Kansas Pacific Railway depot at Denver is featured, with the statement, "Remember, through tickets from Pueblo to all eastern points, are sold only via Kansas Pacific Railway. The only route running Pullman palace cars from Denver to the East. "This is the only line by which you can check your baggage through to all eastern cities." The reverse side of the brochure shows time tables for the Kansas Pacific Railway Company from Denver to Kansas City, and for the Denver and Rio Grande Railway Company from Canon City, Colorado to Denver, Colorado. There is also a map showing the routes from Cheyenne, Wyoming, Denver, Colorado and LaJunta, Colorado in the west, to Leavenworth, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri in the east. This map shows all of the railroad's stations between those point. The brochure was engraved and printed by Rand, McNally Company, Map Engravers, Chicago.


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