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Parsons [Kindle Edition]

David Mattox
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Book Description

Parsons, located in southeast Kansas, owes its existence to the railroad. When the first Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad locomotive reached the southern border of Kansas in June 1870, the railroad won two prizes, the coveted right to build across Oklahoma Indian Territory and the right to acquire extensive land grants in the territory. The fall of the same year, railroad executives selected a site for a major junction and terminal. The Parsons Town Company sold its first lots in 1871 at Parsons Junction, named for railroad president Judge Levi Parsons. Because of the town's phenomenal growth, it soon earned the title of "Infant Wonder of the West." The photographs contained in this book, including some of the earliest known of Parsons, serve as testimony to the energies and ingenuity of early settlers. These images also depict the development of Parsons-on-the-Prairie and its transformation from frontier town to the "Queen City of the Great Southwest."

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About the Author

Most of the photographs in Parsons are drawn from the collections of the Iron Horse Historical Museum and the Parsons Historical Society Museum. Collectively, they create a visual history of the city: its railroad heritage, the day-to-day life of its citizens, and its triumphs and challenges. David Mattox is a member of the Board of Directors of the Iron Horse Historical Museum. Mike Brotherton, a retired teacher, is active in community affairs.

Product Details

  • File Size: 59681 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (September 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0099IRG0G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,019,301 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars History with Wit and Charm November 25, 2008
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I lived in Parsons for nine years. Though I moved away four years ago, reading this book reminds me of all the things I loved about the town (and shows me how many fascinating things I never knew about it!) The photographs dug up by the authors are a diverse collection of glimpses into the past, showing every conceivable stage of the town's growth and every layer of its surprisingly diverse social structure. And the accompanying captions and text are informative, witty, and charming. This book is invaluable to anyone who lives in or who has lived in Parsons, but I also recommend it to anyone who is interested in the history of Kansas, the plains, and especially railroad history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heritage in Pictures September 25, 2008
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From its founding in the early days of the Wild West Railroads, to the reconstruction of urban renewal, Mssrs. Mattox and Brotherton have brought together a fantastic collection of images that reflect the rugged determination of the time. It's a can't miss volume for anyone with ties to Parsons or the pioneering communities of Southeast Kansas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice pictures August 9, 2013
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Very nice historic pictures of Parsons Kansas. The town has made some drastic changes over the years. The pictures are as old as the 1860s
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