Historic Railroad Map of Missouri - 1887

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Commissioners official railway map of Missouri. Completed to January 1st, 1888. Copyright 1887 by R.T. Higgins.

Missouri was at the edge of the frontier in the early 1800's. Lewis & Clark set off on their westward journey from St. Charles, Missouri on May 21, 1804. In 1821 Captain William Becknall began his quest for a convenient route to New Mexico starting from Franklin, Missouri and established the Santa Fe Trail.

The state-wide railroad called the Hannibal & St. Joseph Railway connecting the Mississippi River with the Missouri River was built between 1852 and 1859. Before the line was completed there was not a speedy or safe way to transport goods across Missouri.

Major battles during the American Civil War left many Missouri towns such as Kansas City in ruins. Border Ruffians and Jayhawkers had led Union troops to burn down all occupied dwellings there. Residents were forcefully evicted and control of Kansas City was traded back and forth between the north and south during the conflict.

Kansas City grew rapidly in post-war days and in 1869, when the Hannibal Bridge was completed over the Missouri River, the population exploded.

A new freight warehouse was erected in Kansas City in 1887. The building still stands on West 22nd St., housing three upscale restaurants.

This map published in 1887 shows relief using hachures, waterways, cities, towns and counties. Railroads and river valleys are clearly labeled.


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