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Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad
Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe hunting party in east central Kansas around 1886-88
Most of the people in this picture are from the Argentine, Kansas system. Edward J. Engel is sitting far right
Argentine, Kansas around 1885 was a booming city and westward expansion would originate at this terminus.
With the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe established as the primary railroad through town, the company brought
not only goods and services with it, but steady and well paying employment.
The
American Smelting Company was founded in 1880 along a twenty acre site next to the railroad. With this
enterprise, ore was shipped via rail car from Colorado and Mexico to the smelter to be processed . After
smelting, the finished products were shipped to various locations in the United States. Silver and gold were
brought to the Santa Fe depot by
Wells Fargo Express and then shipped to the Federal mints. Lead, zinc and
blue vitriol were shipped as far away as Japan and India. The slag that remained after refining was sold to the
railroad companies as ballast. At one time one fifth of the total lead and silver production in the Unites States
was at the smelter in Argentine, Kansas.
Repair shops were constructed for the locomotives and rail cars. Operational structures such as depots,
roundhouses and offices were also built. Grain, livestock and other goods and materials could now be shipped in
any direction, north south, east or west from Argentine. Efficient and reliable passenger service to almost any
point in the country, would also generate from this location.
Left:

1886 Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad


State of Kansas map showing its
operations and auxiliary lines.
The pass above was used by David T. Nichols and his wife Hulda when they visited Ed and Sadie Engel in
Argentine, 1886. The pass is hand signed by
D. J. Chase who was then Superintendent of Transportation
at Topeka, Kansas. David and Hulda Nichols were Sadie's father and mother.
The pass above was used by Edward and Sadie Engel. It has been countersigned by Clifford L. Nichols, who was
promoted February 01, 1886 from Trainmaster to Assistant Superintendent, Eastern Division of the
Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe. On January 01, 1887,  Clifford was promoted to
Division Superintendent of
the Eastern Division in Topeka, Kansas.
The pass above was used by Edward Engel and wife, Sadie during the Christmas holiday in 1886.
Left:


1888
Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad
and connections in the United States and
Mexico