There were two acts by Congress other than the Pacific railroad bill that helped facilitate the building of the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. The first one was S435 on February 10th, 1863, passed March 03, 1863 and the other, S333, June 24th, 1864. There are numerous other acts by Congress for the railroad but these two stand out as the foundations that set the tone for the construction of the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad.
The Kansas Legislature was now poised to move swiftly on the foundation of not only the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad but all railroads that ran through the State of Kansas. Listed below are the three acts in 1864 by the Kansas Legislature, that helped set into motion the most important railroad to run across the State of Kansas. The first was Bill #36, passed February 09, 1864 which accepted the Land Grants, S435 and S333, that were given to Kansas by the United States Congress for the purpose of construction of the railroads through the State of Kansas. The second bill by the Kansas Legislature was Bill #268, passed March 01, 1864. This allowed the counties which the railroads ran through to "subscribe and take stock in the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad and to issue bonds for the same not to exceed $200,000". "Such stock could not be subscribed except for a majority vote of citizens of said county".The third bill was #296, also signed into law March 01, 1864, allowing the railroads to acquire title to lands for railroad purposes. These acts of the Kansas Legislature started the most dynamic expansion the State of Kansas has ever witnessed in its existence.
Kansas Legislature #36 February 09, 1864
Kansas Legislature #268 March 01, 1864
Kansas Legislature #296 March 01, 1864
Even with this additional legislature from Kansas, the Federal Government gave less support to the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad in land grants (S435) and federal funds than the rest of the transcontinental railroads. Listed below are the appropriations for each railroad in 1863-64.
Omaha, NE - Ogden, UT
Central Western Pacific
Sacramento CA - Ogden, UT
Kansas City, MO - Denver, CO
Atlantic & Pacific
Texas & Pacific
Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe
In other words the Union Pacific Railroad combination of the Union Pacific, Central Western Pacific and Kansas Pacific received more than 26,000,000 acres of land and immediate financial support in excess of $61, 392, 192. While the U. P. was the first line to be built across the continent, its construction involved a nationwide scandal. The history of the Santa Fe is remarkable in that it is the story of a few great personalities with imagination and far-seeing vision, achieving what appeared to be impossible. It is a story of definite ambition, of indomitable purpose, able financing, efficient organization and relentless energy. Cyrus K. Holliday, the father Santa Fe personified these qualities and the Santa Fe Railroad developed leaders who embodied them to the highest degree.
Because of the Civil war and the disarranged business conditions of the country, times were not at all propitious in the 1860's for financing railroads, especially in Kansas whose record for droughts, border wars and cyclones was unenviable. Attention was of course drawn largely to the Union - Central Pacific enterprise which with the powerful support of the Federal Government was building in spectacular fashion. The Pacific Railroad was desired by the whole country, though but few people thought it would develop the region through which it passed. It was looked upon more as a strategic means of binding the Pacific coast more efficiently to the Union both commercially and in a military sense. In spite of the large volume of business and the numerous traders and emigrants who had for years been going out over the Santa Fe Trail and settling, many of them in the distant Southwest, it was hard to convince capitalists in those days that the Santa Fe land grant and the Kansas prairies in general amounted to much.
Source: The Story of the Santa Fe Glenn Danford Bradley 1920