Union Pacific West From Leavenworth

A History of the Leavenworth, Kansas & Western Railway

By I.E. Quastler

88 pages, softcover


ISBN: 0-942035-53-4

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This book picks up where Kansas Central Narrow Gauge leaves off in telling the history of the rail line that ran from Leavenworth to Miltonvale, Kansas. A few years after converting from narrow gauge to standard gauge, the Union Pacific-controlled Kansas Central was purchased at a foreclosure auction for $200,000 and rechristened the Leavenworth, Kansas & Western, with plans to expand the line to the western border of Kansas and northward into Nebraska. But financial woes dogged the line and in 1908 it was sold to the Union Pacific. Improved highway transportation and losses spurred by the Great Depression caused the UP to abandon nearly all of the LK&W line in 1935.

Praise for this book:

"I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Kansas railorad history; if you don't have the first book, Kansas Central Narrow Gauge, get that too!"

-- "Sparks" newsletter,
NRHS Topeka chapter

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