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A collection of correspondence, completion reports, authority for expenditures, and sketches related to the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway Company in Fort Scott, Kansas and Springfield, Missouri.

The St. Louis-San Francisco Railway Company, also known as SLSF, or the Frisco, was incorporated in Missouri on September 7, 1876. Its rail lines operated through the Midwest and the South-Central United States. Originally a division of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad, it reincorporated after bankruptcy in 1896 and reorganized into the SLSF in 1916. The company ran passenger lines including the Texas Special. Although it has San Francisco in its name, the railway never went farther west than Texas. One of the railway’s more prominent routes was between Kansas City and Springfield, Missouri. Springfield was the lines’ operational hub and shop facility. Of the two branches out of Kansas City, one travelled through Fort Scott and Baxter Springs, Kansas. The company was merged into the Burlington Northern Railroad (BNSF) in 1980 and operates under that name today.

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Business and Industry



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.5 linear feet

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Manuscript Number

SpC MS 0295

St. Louis-San Francisco Railway Company Collection, 1915-1920

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