Thursday, November 17, 2011

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Company Issued to Mabel G. Bell

The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway was one of the largest railroads in the United States. The brainchild of Cyrus K. Holliday, the company was first chartered in February 1859.

Although the railway was named in part for the capital of New Mexico, its main line never reached there as the terrain made it too difficult to lay the necessary tracks; rather, the Santa Fe was ultimately served by a branch line from Lamy, New Mexico.

In 1873, the Santa Fe's first tracks reached the Kansas/Colorado state line and expanded to reach Pueblo, Colorado, by 1876. In order to help fuel the railroad's profitability, the Santa Fe wisely set up real estate offices and sold farm land from the land grants that the railroad was awarded by Congress, thus creating a demand for transportation wherever its lines ran.

State: Kansas
Years: 1888
Stock issued to Mabel G. Bell (1857-1923), wife of Alexander Graham Bell.
Condition: Excellent

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