Scenic USA - Kansas
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Points of Interest
|Photos by Ben Prepelka|
With the discovery of California gold in 1848, anxious Americans back in the east quickly discovered the need for a quicker way to the Pacific. By the following year, St Louis leaders secured a charter for the Pacific Railroad. Although it was a short run, the inaugural trip propelled leading citizens and officials westward aboard the first train to travel west of the Mississippi River. December 9, 1852, St Louis citizens witnessed the inaugural run of the Missouri Pacific Railroad, later to become a more familiar MoPac.
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