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Kansas City Viaduct and Terminal Railway Company

$195.00

SKU: 369

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Product Details

Beautifully engraved antique stock trust certificate from the Kansas City Viaduct and Terminal Railway Company dating back to the early 1900's. This document, which has been signed by the company Vice President and Secretary, was printed by the American Bank Note Company and measures approximately 11 3/4" (w) by 8" (h).

 

The certificate features a wonderful aerial vignette of the viaduct running along the Kansas City waterfront. 

You will receive the exact certificate pictured.

    Historical Context

    The Kansas City Viaduct and Terminal Railway Company owned a toll viaduct crossing all the lowlands and the Kaw River that were located between Sixth and Bluff Streets in Kansas City, Missouri, and Third street and Minnesota Avenue, in Kansas City, Kansas.

    The viaduct was a monumental structure one and a half miles long with a broad asphalted roadway and double tracks for street cars. It was supported on heavy steel pillars and trusses, strong enough to carry steam railway traffic. Approaches intersecting from streets in the West bottoms were equipped with steam elevators for lifting horses and heavily loaded drays from the street below to the top viaduct level.

    The viaduct was for the use of pedestrians and vehicles and street cars. The company paid 2% of its gross earnings from street railway traffic to Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas, the former municipality receiving 51% of the 2%, and the latter 49%. Kansas City, Missouri, also received 2% of all tolls collected at its entrance to the viaduct, while Kansas City, Kansas, was paid 2% of all receipts at the Kansas end of the structure.