Arkansas City in Cowley County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Santa Fe Locomotive Engine No. 2542
Engine 2542 was built in 1910 by the American Locomotive Company in Pittsburgh, PA., for the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railway. In 1929, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway purchased the KCM & O Line and assigned this engine to the Newton, KS terminal. This engine is a "2-8-0" which means there are two front wheels, eight driving wheels, and no rear wheels. In 1955, the engine was moved from Newton, KS to Arkansas City and placed on the siding track at the Standard Oil Bulk Station. The A.C. Andrews Construction Company moved the engine six blocks down Birch Street to Wilson Park. The move was accomplished by placing temporary track down and using compressed air to move the engine weighing almost 100 tons. The relocated engine was placed on a concrete pad and dedicated during the 24th Annual Arkalalah Celebration that same year.
The following people helped in the moving of the locomotive: Engineers: J.O. Guffry, Tom Bender, H.S. Gibson, R.C. Gibson, H.B Bartlett, and George Wylle, Section Foreman Jim Dill.
The following is the dedication speech by John Landreth, General Manager AT&SF
To a railroad man a locomotive has always been a thing of life and power, and it always seems to me a ceremony of this kind is a fitting last
Erected by The City of Arkansas City, The Santa Fe Railroad, The Arkansas City Historical Society, The Arkansas City Pride Commission, The Early Bird Lions Club, and Others.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway marker series.
Location. 37° 4.2′ N, 97° 2.359′ W. Marker is in Arkansas City, Kansas, in Cowley County. Marker is on Summit Street (U.S. 77) north of Maple Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in Wilson Park. Marker is in this post office area: Arkansas City KS 67005, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Korean War Liberty Tree Memorial (within shouting distance of this 1996 Olympic Torch Relay (within shouting distance of this marker); Robert Docking (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cherokee Strip (approx. 3 miles away); a different marker also named The Cherokee Strip (approx. 5 miles away in Oklahoma); Oklahoma, The Indian State (approx. 5 miles away in Oklahoma); Chilocco Indian School (approx. 5 miles away in Oklahoma); a different marker also named Cherokee Strip (approx. 5.7 miles away in Oklahoma). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arkansas City.
Also see . . .
1. The Santa Fe Historical and Modeling Society. (Submitted on October 22, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. 2-8-0 "Consolidation" Locomotive Type. (Submitted on October 22, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 22, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 422 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 22, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.