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Kansas Pacific Railway
Locale Kansas and Colorado
Dates of operation 1863–1880
Successor Union Pacific
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 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

Primary sources

  • Leland, Charles Godfrey. The Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division: or, Three thousand miles in a railway car (1867) online

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