Kansas Pacific Railway facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsKansas Pacific Railway
|Locale||Kansas and Colorado|
|Dates of operation||1863–1880|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
|Headquarters||Wyandotte, Kansas (part of present-day Kansas City, Kansas)|
The Kansas Pacific Railway (KP) was a historic railroad company. They operated in the western United States in the late 19th century. The railroad was consolidated with the Union Pacific in 1880. Its mainline is still an important part of the Union Pacific network today.
- Babbitt, James E. "From Albuquerque to Tucson in 1867: The Kansas Pacific Railway Survey Photographs of William A. Bell." Journal of Arizona History (1998): 289-306. in JSTOR
- Klein, Maury. Union Pacific: 1862-1893 (Vol. 1. 1987), passim.
- Petrowski, William R. The Kansas Pacific: a study in railroad promotion (Arno Press, 1981).
- Petrowski, William R. "The Kansas Pacific Railroad in the Southwest." Arizona and the West (1969): 129-146. in JSTOR
- Petrowski, William R. "Kansas City to Denver to Cheyenne: Pacific Railroad Construction Costs and Profits." Business History Review 48#2 (1974): 206-224. online
- Leland, Charles Godfrey. The Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division: or, Three thousand miles in a railway car (1867) online
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The Kansas Pacific main line shown on an 1869 map. The thickened portion along the line indicates the extent of the land grants available to settlers. At the time of the map, the line extended only as far as western Kansas (section in green). The extension to the Colorado Territory (section in red) was completed the following year
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