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History of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway

by Keith L. Bryant Jr.

History of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Synopsis

In 1859, Cyrus K. Holliday envisioned a railroad that would run from Kansas to the Pacific, increasing the commerce and prosperity of the nation. With farsighted investors and shrewd management, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad grew from Holliday's idea into a model of the modern, rapid, and efficient railroad. There were many growing pains. Rustlers, thieves, and desperadoes were as thick as the cattle in Kansas when the first rails were laid. When a conductor, toting a pistol, asked a grizzled prospector where he was heading, the old man replied, Hell. That's 65c and get off at Dodge, the weary conductor declared. Once built with rails from Wales laid on ties of oak and walnut, the railroad survived the economic and climatic hardships of the late nineteenth century, and eventually extended from Chicago to San Francisco, with over 12,000 miles of track and substantial holdings in oil fields, timber land, uranium mines, pipe lines, and real estate.

History of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Press Reviews

The most comprehensive account published since 1950. Written in a form that should satisfy both the scholar and the railroad buff, the book details financing, construction, growth, and management from the Santa Fe's conception by Cyrus K. Holliday in 1859, to its evolution into a giant conglomerate. -American Historical Review * American Historical Review *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780803260665
Publication date: 1st January 1982
Author: Keith L. Bryant Jr.
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 398 pages
Categories: Railway transport industries,

About Keith L. Bryant Jr.

Keith L. Bryant, Jr., is a professor of history at the University of Akron. He has published on labor and entrepreneurial history, the Gilded Age, and the history of the South.

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