Overview

Parsons, located in southeast Kansas, owes its existence to the railroad. When the first Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad locomotive reached the southern border of Kansas in June 1870, the railroad won two prizes, the coveted right to build across Oklahoma Indian Territory and the right to acquire extensive land grants in the territory. The fall of the same year, railroad executives selected a site for a major junction and terminal. The Parsons Town Company sold its first lots in 1871 at Parsons Junction, named for...
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Parsons

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Overview

Parsons, located in southeast Kansas, owes its existence to the railroad. When the first Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad locomotive reached the southern border of Kansas in June 1870, the railroad won two prizes, the coveted right to build across Oklahoma Indian Territory and the right to acquire extensive land grants in the territory. The fall of the same year, railroad executives selected a site for a major junction and terminal. The Parsons Town Company sold its first lots in 1871 at Parsons Junction, named for railroad president Judge Levi Parsons. Because of the town's phenomenal growth, it soon earned the title of "Infant Wonder of the West." The photographs contained in this book, including some of the earliest known of Parsons, serve as testimony to the energies and ingenuity of early settlers. These images also depict the development of Parsons-on-the-Prairie and its transformation from frontier town to the "Queen City of the Great Southwest."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439636886
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • File size: 43 MB
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Meet the Author

Most of the photographs in Parsons are drawn from the collections of the Iron Horse Historical Museum and the Parsons Historical Society Museum. Collectively, they create a visual history of the city: its railroad heritage, the day-to-day life of its citizens, and its triumphs and challenges. David Mattox is a member of the board of directors of the Iron Horse Historical Museum. Mike Brotherton, a retired teacher, is active in community affairs.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments 6 Introduction 7
1 Frontier Days 11
2 Around Town 21
3 Business as Usual 39
4 Celebrations 51
5 Civic Pride 63
6 Challenges and Disasters 83
7 The Katy Railroad 97
8 Personalities and Projects 109
9 Souvenirs 121
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