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Arthur Stilwell
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TitleArthur Stilwell
AbstractInformation about Kansas City railroad magnate Arthur Stilwell (1859-1928) including the story of his "railroad-building project" starting in 1900 to "bring the Pacific Ocean 400 miles closer to Kansas City," in a failed attempt to cross the mountains in Mexico with railroad. Native of New York coming to Kansas City in 1888 as a real estate developer and railroad builder, constructing the Kansas City Suburban Belt railway, Fairmont Park, "Grand Central Station at the foot of Wyandotte Street," the Kansas City, Pittsburg & Gulf Railroad (later the Kansas City Southern Railway), and Janssen Place.
NotesPage 142: "Stilwell's second project was for the Kansas City, Mexico & Orient, known as the Orient line. The plan was to build a railroad on the shortest line from Kansas City to the Pacific." Page 143: "Stilwell did not know until he reached Mexico City that General Ulysses S. Grant, after he was President, had attempted to build a railroad through that section of Mexico, and had concluded that its construction was impossible." Pages 144-145: "In 1928, the Santa Fe railroad, the largest carrier of petroleum in the country, decided to buy and absorb the Orient, thus acquiring its track, equipment and business. ..A court had awarded [William] Kemper 15,000 shares of the stock in compensation for his services as receiver of the railroad. So Stilwell's old, decrepit and disconnected Orient railroad became the main foundation stone in the Kemper fortune, the largest family fortune in Kansas City today."
AuthorDarrell Garwood
Date1948
SourceCrossroads of America: The Story of Kansas City
Location977.8411 G24c
Chapter Title9, 11, 13, 20
Page132-145, 184, 205, 320
Local SubjectRailroads
Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railway
Stilwell, Arthur E.
Kemper, William T., Sr.
IllustrationsYes
Item TypeBook
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Item ID100262
CONTENTdm number1468
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