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Caldwell in Sumner County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Railroad Influence

 
 
The Railroad Influence Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 2, 2016
1. The Railroad Influence Marker
Inscription. The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad reached here from the North on June 13, 1880 and Caldwell joined Baxter Springs, Abilene, Newton, Wichita, Ellsworth and Dodge City in the pages of history as a Kansas cowtown. Hundreds of thousands of Texas longhorn cattle were shipped from here between 1880 and 1886. A host of other railroads built and/or operated through here over the years. Names like Chicago, Caldwell & Rock Island (1886); Geuda Springs, Caldwell & Western (1885); St. Louis-San Francisco ("Frisco" 1886); Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific ("Rock Island" 1891); Oklahoma, Kansas & Texas ("Katy" 1980) and the Union Pacific (1988) could be seen on the locomotives, depots and paychecks.

The railroad brought Caldwell new families, the mail, fertilizer for the farms, parts for the tractors, revenue for the city, cafes and merchants, and more than a small amount of aggravation for drivers at rail crossings. Hobos lived along the right-of-way in cardboard boxes, generations of children laid pennies on the rails and dreamed of far away places, and adults watched in amazement as the "Rocket" or other futuristic locomotive, pulling unknown people and goods, roared through town.

A century later there are fewer Caldwell citizens and fewer trains. But like old friends, each knows that things would have been much different
Area view of the marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 2, 2016
2. Area view of the marker.
if not for the other. After so many years even a train approaching whistle is to Caldwell more a sound of greeting than of warning.
 
Erected by The Caldwell Historical Society.
 
Location. 37° 1.892′ N, 97° 36.427′ W. Marker is in Caldwell, Kansas, in Sumner County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street (U.S. 81) and West 1st Avenue, on the right when traveling south on South Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 103 South Main Street, Caldwell KS 67022, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Leland Hotel (here, next to this marker); Native Stone Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Stock Exchange Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Chisholm (within shouting distance of this marker); Chisholm Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Caldwell "The Border Queen" / On This Site (within shouting distance of this marker); The Last Chance Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); Talbot Gang Shootout (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Caldwell.
 
More about this marker. This marker replaced an older marker. titled 'Main Street '96'.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars
 
View from marker looking south on Main Street. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 2, 2016
3. View from marker looking south on Main Street.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 104 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on August 6, 2016.
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