The Arrival of the Railroad Historical

The Arrival of the Railroad Historical (HM1SW9)

Location: Russell, KS 67665 Russell County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 53.147', W 98° 50.534'

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When railroads first built across Kansas in the 1860s, Plains Indians inhabited much of the central and western part of the state. They did not welcome the incursion, sensing a danger to the buffalo herds that provided them with food, shelter, and clothing. In an attempt to defend their lands, Cheyennes, Arapahos, and other tribes frequently attacked railroad workers and tore up tracks.
Two miles west of this marker in May 1869, a mounted party of Indians dashed out of a deep ravine and attacked a railroad crew of seven. The railroad workers raced to their handcar and pumped desperately for home, firing their rifles as they went. Although no Indians are known to have died, two of the railroad workers were killed and four were wounded. A monument to the two who died stands in the Russell cemetery just east of here.
When the railroad reached here in 1867, a construction camp and watering station named Fossil Station was established. The name was changed to Russell in 1871 when a Wisconsin colony established the town.
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HM NumberHM1SW9
Placed ByKansas State Historical Society and Kansas Department of Transportation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, July 2nd, 2016 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 513683 N 4304113
Decimal Degrees38.88578333, -98.84223333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.147', W 98° 50.534'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 8.82" N, 98° 50' 32.04" W
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Area Code(s)785, 620
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1143-1199 US-40 BUS, Russell KS 67665, US
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