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This digital collection consists primarily of correspondence relating to the proposed construction of a trunk line by the Chicago, St. Paul, Nebraska and Kansas Railway Company which was to connect Arlington, Nebraska and St. John, Kansas. In support of this project, public officials and merchants wrote to A. M. Claflin, the company president, displaying the boosterism involved in railroad building in the late 1800s and documenting the vital need for transportation links to Eastern and Midwestern cities from the Plains States. A revised 1888 prospectus also gives information on exact routes, financial details, and agricultural production of the states involved. The Chicago, St. Paul, Nebraska and Kansas railway line was never built and, of the more than 1100 railroad lines chartered in Kansas, only 200 companies actually built track.
Finding Aid to the Chicago, St. Paul, Nebraska and Kansas Railway Company Collection