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Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad
The first and original company was chartered as the Atchison & Topeka Railroad Company by the Kansas
legislature in 1859. In 1863 the name was changed to the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Company and
work was first begun, nearly ten years after the charter was secured, on the line from Topeka west.
The original line was chartered to build into the coal fields of Kansas and in a subsequent evolution built further
westward, first through the prairies of Kansas, thence into  three, Colorado and New Mexico, opening up new
agricultural, grazing and mining country approximately along the line of what was known in the early days of
wagon traffic as the "Santa Fe Trail." The earlier lines were entirely constructed within the State of Kansas,
and it was not until 1875 that the construction of some mileage outside of that state was commenced, the more
extended operations, however, not being undertaken until 1881.

The Story of the Santa Fe        Glenn Danford Bradley  1920
The land that was used to start the Topeka
Railroad was from a treaty made with the
Pottawatomie Indians on November 15, 1861.
This land was to be used for the interests of
Leavenworth Pawnee & Western Railroad
to run a line through Leavenworth City but the
grant had a clause that the land be used for
this purpose by 1867. The
Pawnee & Western Railroad never purchased
the land and a new treaty was made with the
Pottawatomie Indians on February 27, 1867
and was amended by the Senate in an
Executive Session on July 25, 1868 which
would allow the Atchison & Topeka Railroad to
purchase the land.
Executive Session
July 25, 1868 pg 273
Executive Session
July 25, 1868 pg 272
The three original incorporators for the
Atchison & Topeka Railroad in 1859 were:
Cyrus K Holliday of Topeka, L. C. Challis and
General W. C. Pomeroy, both of Atchison.
On September 15, 1860, Cyrus K Holliday, E. G. Ross, Joel
Huntoon and Milton C. Dickey started their journey from
arrival at Atchison they went to work at the office of L. C.
Challis and on September 17, 1860 the Atchison & Topeka
Railroad was completed with the subscription of stock and the
election of officers and directors.
1860 Board of Directors - Atchison & Topeka Railroad
1860 Officers - Atchison & Topeka Railroad
Cyrus K. Holliday - President
Peter J. Abell - Secretary
Milton C. Dickey - Treasurer
Capitol Stock subscribed on September 15, 1860 was $4,000
for each of the thirteen Directors for a total value of $52,000.
A convention will be held in Topeka, Kansas on Wednesday, the
17th day of October, 1860 for the purpose of devising a system
of Railroad Land Grants for the Territory to be petitioned for
at the next session of Congress.  A full representation from all
parts of the Territory is earnestly solicited.

Topeka Record
E. G. Ross     Editor
The convention assembled at the Old Museum Hall at 10:00am
nineteen counties, representing nearly every settled portion
from nineteen counties, representing nearly every settled of
Kansas Territory at that time. Most came at their own expense
and some from great distances. The meeting was called to order
W. C. Pomeroy of Atchison, Kansas. A great squabble ensued
as to the basis of representation of the different counties.
Leavenworth County wanted more representation because of
the town's size and it's importance as a major trading and
crossroads point in Kansas Territory.
B. F. Stringfellow a former Attorney General and a resident of
Atchison countered at the meeting that the smaller towns were
under no obligation to Leavenworth and the day would come when
Leavenworth would be under obligation to them for business and
these smaller towns would pass them up in size and production of
goods to ship via the railroads. Hence, it was the business of
Leavenworth to aid in getting railroads constructed through all
these counties so they might be able thereby to transport their
products to the city. This would enable Leavenworth in fact, to
become the metropolis of the territory. A metropolis was made
by business; it could never be created through efforts to
destroy the country that furnished the business. Stringfellow's
speech carried the day and the majority report was adopted.
This led to the withdrawal of the Leavenworth and Wyandotte
faction, whereupon the remaining delegates went forward
without further delay. A committee of one was appointed from
each of the county delegations that remained and the joint
committee thus formed, went into session and drew up this
resolution which the convention unanimously approved.
The proceedings of the meeting were entrusted to the Hon. M. J. Parrott, a Kansas delegate in Congress, who
was requested by the committee to present to Congress for its favorable consideration, the railroad plans and
memorial adopted by the convention. A further motion by
A. C. Davis requesting that the proceedings of the
meeting be published by all of the newspapers in the Territory of Kansas, passed unanimously.
The charter of the Atchison & Topeka Railroad was written in
January of 1859 by
Cyrus K. Holliday at Lawrence, Kansas.
He introduced the bill to the Kansas Territorial Council on
February 01, 1859 and the charter was passed by both the Council
and House of Representatives and was signed into order by
Governor Medary on February 11, 1859.
You will find in the following pages, the history of the
Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. Included is the history of my ancestors
involvement with this railroad at a time when it was making major strides to become
one of the greatest railroads in the United States from 1880 to 1964.