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  Letter, Ed Russell to Friend [Franklin] Crane
Author: Russell, Ed
Date: June 1, 1859

This letter, sent by Ed Russell to Franklin Crane, a prominent Topeka citizen, concerned the proposed St. Joseph and Topeka Railroad. Russell was convinced that the people of Topeka had not acted in "good faith" by choosing to route the railroad through Doniphan rather than Elwood. Russell wanted the railroad to go through his hometown of Elwood, which had been the initial plan. This letter illustrates how various communities competed for railroads, even if these railroads were never built.

Location of Original: KSHS Call Number: Franklin Loomis Crane Collection, #320, Box 1, Scrapbook
Item Number: 100216 Number of images: 8
Keywords: Crane, Franklin Loomis; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Doniphan, Kansas Territory; Elwood, Kansas Territory; Palermo, Kansas Territory; Railroad promotion; Railroads; Russell, Edward; Shawnee County, Kansas Territory; St. Joseph and Topeka Railroad; Topeka, Kansas Territory

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