Gulf, Beaumont, and Kansas City Railroad Beaumont Texas

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  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jun 24, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House
Bid is for three Gulf, Beaumont, and Kansas City Railway Company cancelled checks. I bought a grouping of these checks in the mid 1970s. I believe this is my last 3 checks. These checks have with a large stream train vignette and an interesting history. The checks are dated at Beaumont, Texas in 1897 and 1898. The checks are written on the First National Bank of Beaumont. These checks were printed by the Cooke Banknote Co. in New York. Red 'PAID' First National Bank stamped on back of 2 checks. A Blue 'PAID' is stamped on the back of the third check. These checks have some corner damage and margin nicks. See picture for overall appearance. Many branches of the Santa Fe were once separate railroads with grandiose plans. One of the most unique was the Gulf and Interstate Railway. This railroad was planned to run from Texas' Galveston Bay to Topeka, Kansas, w the main line would split. One leg would go to Winnipeg, Manitoba, and the other was destined for Duluth, Minnesota. Branch lines were to be built as needed to such faraway areas as Colorado and Wyoming. The G&I was to be built with convict labor and financed with property taxes supplied by each on-line state. After completion, the tax revenues were to support operation, making fares low or nonexistent. Each state would own and operate its portion of the railroad and appoint members to a council for the supervision of the entire system. The primary purpose of the line was to help break up the infamous railroad monopolies and to become the first unit of a future national people's railroad. The project was adopted and pushed by the Populist Party, but its roots and destiny lay in Texas. Work began on the original route via High Island. From High Island, the line went north to the future site of Winnie. This was to be the junction for a branch to Beaumont, but the branch was to be built immediately because Beaumont had promised cash money if the G&I reached town by New Year's Eve. The company's mechanical track layer worked rapidly eastward, and it looked as if the deadline would be easily met. Then, every sawmill in Beaumont suddenly had so much work to do that t was no time to make ties for the G&I. Construction halted until January 1896, when ties were again available. In March of 1896, cheers rose as Jones drove the last spike on the Beaumont branch. East Texas was ecstatic. John Kirby had prepared for the connection to Galveston by building the Gulf, Beaumont and Kansas City Railway northward from Beaumont into the pine forests and was ready to ship raw and finished lumber over the G&I. PLEASE NOTE: I HAVE CHANGED MY AUCTION CLOSING DAY FROM MONDAY TO SUNDAY. If you have questions please ask. Good luck in your bidding.