The railroad's charter, written single-handedly by Cyrus K. Holliday in January 1859, was approved by the state's governor on February 11 of that year as the Atchison and TopekaRailroad Company for the purpose of building a rail line from Topeka, Kansas, to SantaFe, New Mexico, and then on to the Gulf of Mexico.
Dining along the SantaFe was often a memorable experience, whether it be on-board in a dining car, or at one of the many Harvey House restaurants that were strategically located throughout the system.
SantaFe discontinued ferry service in 1933 due to the effects of the Great Depression; the construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge initiated the slow decline in demand for SP's ferry service, which was eventually discontinued as well.
It is situated east of and across Garrard Boulevard from the present Burlington Northern SantaFe (formerly Atchison, Topeka and SantaFeRailroad) yards and the former depot.
Atchison Village, built across the street from the former location of the AtchisonTopeka and SantaFeRailroad depot and yards, was designed with winding streets, spacious yards, simple one and two story wood duplexes and fourplexes and a community center and park.
Atchison Village was selected as the first pilot project because it was a coherent neighborhood with an existing organizational fabric, and it happened to be in one of Richmond's highest crime areas.
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