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Western Trails

The Historical Society digitized photographs, printed materials, and maps that document several facets of transportation across Kansas.

Lawrence, Leavenworth & Galveston Railroad bridge on Kansas River at Lawrence, 1867Online Exhibits

Railroads and Immigration

The Advent of Automobiles

Online Collections


Alexander Gardner, Across the Continent on the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division
Stereographs showing the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division’s progress across Kansas.

L. W. Halbe Collections
Photographs documenting the change from horses to horsepower in the small agricultural community of Dorrance, Kansas.

Printed Materials and Maps

Immigration Pamphlets and Maps
The State Of Kansas. A Home For Immigrants. . . Kansas. Bureau of Immigration, 1865.

Emigrants' Guide to the Kansas Pacific Railway Lands. . . Kansas Pacific Railway Company, 1871.

How and where to get a living. . . Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company, 1876.

The Immigrant's Guide to the Most Fertile Lands of Kansas. . . Union Pacific Railroad Company, c. 1879.

Free Sleeping Cars For Emigrants. . . Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, 1884.

Lands in Kansas. Union Pacific Railway Company, c. 1891.

"A Farm Out West" Emigration Folder of the Great Rock Island Route. Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, 1897.

Automobile and Road Pamphlets and Maps
Year Book. Automobile Club of Wichita, 1909-1910.

The Good Roads Problem. F. L. Coburn, c. 1912.

National Old Trails Road Project. J. M. Lowe, c. 1913.

Annual Report. Kansas Good Roads Association, 1918.

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