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1873 Mar 31: The State of Kansas grants title to a significant amount of land in Marion Co., KS to the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Company as compensation for constructing a railroad from "the city of Atchison via Topeka to the western line of this state in the direction of Fort Union and Santa Fe, New Mexico." (1) This land grant includes all 18 of the odd-numbered sections of what is today Catlin Twp. (T18S-R3E). (For some sections, an amount somewhat different from the full 640 acres was awarded.) Similar grants were made along the route of the railroad.

To sell the land granted to them by the State of Kansas, the Santa Fe played a major role in bringing settlers to central Kansas in the 1870s. This included the migration of Mennonite communities from Eastern Europe (2), such as those that produced the Eden, Grace Hill, Hopefield and Lone Tree congregations and many others.

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o Joseph W. Snell and Don W. Wilson, "The Birth of The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad (Part 1)" in The Kansas Historical Quarterly, Vol. 34, No. 2 (Kansas Historical Society, 1968 Summer), p113-142. Also www.kshs.org/publica...8_2_snell_wilson.htm (Accessed 2010 Feb 17).

o Joseph W. Snell and Don W. Wilson, "The Birth of The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad (Part 2)" in The Kansas Historical Quarterly, Vol. 34, No. 3 (Kansas Historical Society, 1968 Autumn), p325-356. Also www.kshs.org/publica...8_3_snell_wilson.htm (Accessed 2010 Feb 17).

o "Railroads in Kansas: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad," www.kansasheritage.o...arch/rr/santafe.html (Kansas Heritage Group, 2005 Aug 15; accessed 2010 Aug 30).

o "The History of BNSF: A Legacy for the 21st Century" in Railway: The Employee Magazine of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation (Ft. Worth, TX: BNSF Railway, 2009 Dec 16). Also www.bnsf.com/about-b...df/hist_overview.pdf (Accessed 2010 Aug 30).

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