Bankrolling a Railroad

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray
THE WAY WEST

Prior to the creation of Kansas Territory in 1854 the land west of the Missouri River was Indian Territory. Trails across the prairie had to be negotiated by treaty. Wagons traversed the Santa Fe Road and the Oregon-California Trail carrying provisions, trade goods, and people to distant centers of commerce. Prairielands lay before the beholder as far as he could see and well beyond.

To the east, the state of Missouri was pushing development to its western border. The first railroad built across the State of Missouri, the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad, was completed in 1859.

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