The Border Tier Road

Reflection of an Industry

By Robert Collins

48 pages, paperback


The Border Tier Road by Kansas historian Robert Collins — the first in a series of inexpensive monograph booklets from South Platte Press that provides a publishing outlet for some of the lesser-known subjects of Great Plains railroad history — is the history of the BNSF line south from Kansas City through Fort Scott and Baxter Springs, in Kansas, to the Oklahoma border and beyond. It's an account of the Missouri River, Fort Scott & Gulf, a Frisco predecessor, and how this line competed in the famous construction race to the Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). It's otherwise a concise story of how the financial fortunes of this line, over time, typically reflects the many changes taking place within the railroad industry.


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Praise for this book:

"This is one of the best books I have come across dealing with Midwest railroad history! ... Not only did I read all of it, I did so at one sitting and will read it several more times. While I have books on the MoPac, Frisco, Rock Island and Kansas Pacific among others, this is the first book I have found that puts them all together! I suggest you order your copy today."

— Bob Jefferis, Editor, The Local, Kansas City Chapter, NRHS

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