HORSES VS. THE UNION PACIFIC
The Kansas Daily Commonwealth, Topeka, April 2, 1873.
A lively race took place on the 28th inst. between a soldier on horseback from
Fort Harker and the express train on the K. P. [now the Union Pacific] railroad.
The horse gained about twenty-five yards in a half mile. It was better time than
was ever made in Kansas. Half a mile made in fifty seconds by a plug.
From the Junction City Union, June 10, 1876.
TROUBLES OF THE DRUMMER IN DODGE CITY
A joke is told of a conductor on one of the K. P. freight trains. It appears that
when his train reached Solomon City he got off, but remained too long, and the
engineer left him. When the train arrived at Abilene a cloud of dust appeared
moving rapidly over the prairie, and pretty soon in came the conductor behind a
splendid span of horses. He had actually made better time than the train.
From the Dodge City Times, March 24, 1877.SAILING VIA THE UNION PACIFIC
J. B. McManahan, a St. Joe cigar runner, was here this week, and while his cigars
were Spread out for the "boys" to inspect, Several boxes vanished. J. B. M.'s
suspicions were excited against Luke McGlue, and, taking Constable McGoodwin, he
went through every saloon and business house in the city. Everybody was Smoking
and praising the cigars Luke McGlue had given them, but Luke could not be
From The Clay County Dispatch, Clay Center, November 29, 1877.
A wind-power hand car, says the Junction City Union, Sixteen feet in length, is
now sailing on the Kansas Pacific. The sail is fifteen feet high, twelve feet
wide at the bottom, ten at the top. It is controlled precisely as the sail of a
sail boat, and by its means the car is always easily propelled except when the
wind is "dead ahead." With a good wind a speed of twenty-five miles an hour can
be easily attained.