KANSAS COLLECTION BOOKS

William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas


ERA OF PEACE, PART 8

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NEBRASKA, IOLA, TOPEKA & MEMPHIS RAILROAD.

This road was chartered June 17, 1881, with a board of directors as follows: F. W. Giles, P. G. Noel, T. B. Sweet, L. L. Northrup, J. H. Richards, George A. Bowlus, J. D. Hill, Caleb H. Malin, B. F. Hobart, John J. Voss. The charter authorizes the construction of a railroad and telegraph "from some point at or near the city of Topeka, Kan.; thence in a southerly direction through the following counties, to wit: Shawnee, Osage, Franklin, Coffey, Anderson, Allen, Neosho and Crawford, to some point on the east line of said Crawford County; thence through the States of Missouri and Arkansas to the city of Memphis, in the State of Tennessee; also from some point at or near the city of Topeka, Kan., in a northerly direction, through the following counties, to wit: Shawnee, Jackson, Pottawatomie, Marshall and Nemaha, to the northern boundary of said State of Kansas."

Work was commenced on this road at Girard, Crawford County, October 1, 1881, and twenty miles were speedily completed in a northwesterly direction. In July, 1882, the road was being operated to Walnut, Crawford County a station of the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway. The first President of the company was F. W. Giles, of Topeka. The present officers are as follows: S. G. Clark, President; H. M. Clark, Vice President and General Manager; George A. Bowlus, Secretary and Treasurer; J. H. Richards, Attorney. General offices, Topeka. The road is under contract to be completed to Topeka by November 1, 1883. The municipal subscriptions in bonds to the capital stock of this company are as follows: Girard Township, Crawford County, $25,000; Walnut Township, Crawford County, $20,000; Grant Township, Neosho County, $20,000; Elsmore Township, Allen County, $15,000; Humboldt City and Township, Allen County, $35,000; Iola Township, Allen County, $8,000; also bridge, shops and seventeen acres of land, the whole subscription aggregating $20,000; Neosho Falls township, Woodson County, $20,000; Coffey County, $125,000; Olivet Township, Osage County, $20,000; Ridgeway Township, Osage County, $20,000; Shawnee County, $60,000; total municipal subscriptions, $380,000.

ATCHISON & NEBRASKA RAILROAD.

On the 5th of May, 1867, a charter was filed in the office of the Secretary of State of Kansas, for the Atchison & Nebraska City Railroad Company, with corporators as follows: Peter B. Abell, George W. Glick, Alfred G. Otis, John M. Price, Will W. Cochran, Albert H. Horton, Samuel A. Kingman, Junius T. Herriford and Augustus Byram. The charter authorized the construction of a railroad "from some point in the City of Atchison, to some point on the northern line of the State of Kansas, not farther west than twenty-five miles from the Missouri River, and the length of the proposed railroad will not exceed forty-five miles."

Upon the organization of the company, its name was changed to "Atchison & Nebraska Railroad company." Municipal subscriptions in bonds to the capital stock of the company were made as follows: Atchison County, $150,000; Doniphan County, $200,000. Individual subscriptions amounting to $80,000 were made in Atchison County, and $10,000 in Doniphan County. Work was commenced on the road at Atchison in the summer of 1869, and in the summer of 1871 it was completed to the northern boundary line of the State, three miles north of White Cloud, Doniphan County. The Atchison stockholders graded the road bed to the State line, constructed the bridges and furnished the ties for that distance, when the entire property was donated to a Boston syndicate, represented by James F. Joy, in consideration of the completion and operation of the road by said syndicate. On the 3d of November, 1871, this company was consolidated with the Atchison, Lincoln & Columbus Railroad Company, of Nebraska, which had been authorized to construct a road from the terminal point at the State line, of the Atchison & Nebraska Railroad to Columbus, on the Union Pacific Railway, by the way of Lincoln. From the State line the work was prosecuted vigorously and the road was completed and in operation to Lincoln in the fall of 1872. In January, 1880, the road was purchased by the Burlington & Missouri River Railroad Company, and since the consolidation of that company, in 1880, with the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company, it has been officially designated as the Atchison & Nebraska Division of the Burlington & Missouri River Railroad in Nebraska. Distance from Atchison, Kan., to Lincoln, Neb., 146.6 miles. Number of miles in Kansas, 37.24.

RAILROAD LANDS.

The following tables show the amount of railroad lands unsold January 1, 1883, in Kansas:

ATCHISTON, TOPEKA & SANTA FE RAILROAD. ====================================================================== Number of Number of COUNTIES. Acres. COUNTIES. Acres. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Osage............ 120.00 Barton............ 30,566.54 Lyon............. 115.87 Stafford.......... 168,256.29 Wabaunsee........ 2,323.74 Pawnee............ 137,086.48 Morris........... 17,425.58 Edwards........... 101,491.86 Butler........... 27,758.70 Rush.............. 56,497.80 Greenwood........ 640.00 Ford.............. 94,733.39 Chase............ 100,762.64 Hodgeman.......... 72,574.91 Marion........... 65,136.90 Gray.............. 302,013.41 McPherson........ 9,472.62 Sequoyah.......... 222,470.14 Harvey........... 25,751.29 Hamilton.......... 180,092.93 Sedgwick......... 4,688.15 Kearney........... 167,258.90 Reno............. 174,709.78 ---------- Rice............. 66,415.55 Total............... 2,028,463.47 ----------------------------------------------------------------------

NOTE. - Average price per acre, about $3.25.


                   UNION PACIFIC RAILWAY - KANSAS DIVISION.
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                   Number of                                 Number of
COUNTIES.             Acres.        COUNTIES.                   Acres.
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Pottawatomie.....  11,802.94        Ellsworth..........      99,709.75
Wabaunsee........  35,220.30        Rice...............      32,102.06
Riley............  22,748.38        Osborne............      23,167.72
Davis............  48,393.39        Russell............     152,589.34
Morris...........  17,946.52        Barton.............      41,951.72
Clay.............  11,075.72        Rooks..............      37,876.71
Dickinson........  13,083.56        Ellis..............     182,686.76
Ottawa...........  22,005.13        Rush...............      69,161.42
Saline...........  40,106.30        Graham.............     118,349.49
McPherson........  14,685.92        Trego..............     186,330.96
Thomas........... 207,360.00        Ness...............       9,738.06
St. John......... 345,000.00        Sheridan...........     173,326.03
Sherman.........}                   Gove...............     320,000.00
Wallace.........} 420,000.00                                ----------
Greeley.........}                   Total..............   2,710,941.27
Lincoln..........  54,523.09
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NOTE. - Average price per acre, about $3.50.

                   MISSOURI, KANSAS & TEXAS RAILWAY.
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                   Number of                                 Number of
COUNTIES.             Acres.        COUNTIES.                   Acres.
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Allen............   1,284.06        Greenwood............    19,832.43
Anderson.........   2,404.48        Lyon.................     7,829.86
Butler...........   1,485.82        Morris...............    15,801.16
Clay.............     640.00        Marion...............       320.00
Cloud............     638.04        Riley................     1,434.48
Chase............  10,506.62        Wabaunsee............    10,392.02   
Coffey...........   6,838.80        Woodson..............    22,190.19
David............  10,925.63                                 ---------
Dickinson........   1,680.00        Total................   114,203.59
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NOTE. - Average price per acre, about $2.75.

The total cost of the railroads in Kansas was about $125,000,000.

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