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Thu, Oct 19



Railroaded: The Industry That Shaped Kansas

A presentation on Railroaded: The Industry That Shaped Kansas by Leo Oliva

Railroaded: The Industry That Shaped Kansas
Railroaded: The Industry That Shaped Kansas

Time & Location

Oct 19, 2023, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Hays, 100 W 7th St, Hays, KS 67601, USA

About the event

Few industries dominated the economy of the nation in the 19th century more than the railroad. Railroads brought immigrant settlers, created jobs, and fed beef markets in the East. They enabled regular mail service and the adoption of standard time. Most Kansas towns were founded because of the railroad, and few survived without it. Yet the advancement of the railroad industry came at a significant cost to the Plains Indians who were forcibly displaced by this westward expansion. This presentation examines the complicated legacy of railroads and the impact on native peoples who called Kansas home.

Leo Oliva is a historian with a research focus on 19th-century Kansas. He is the author of “Soldiers on the Santa Fe Trail,” six books for the Kansas Fort Series, and a founding member of the Santa Fe Trail Association and Fort Larned Old Guard.

“Railroads are the key to understanding the development of Kansas,” said Oliva.

“Railroaded: The Industry that Shaped Kansas” is part of Humanities Kansas's Speakers Bureau, featuring humanities-based presentations designed to share stories that inspire, spark conversations that inform, and generate insights that strengthen civic engagement.

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