Session Law

Identifying Information:L. 2002 ch. 212
Other Identifying Information:2002 Senate Concurrent Resolution 1624
Tax Type:Other
Brief Description:A Concurrent Resolution designating the former Union Pacific Railroad station in Topeka, which is being transformed into the Great Overland Station, as a state railroad museum of Kansas.




A Concurrent Resolution designating the former Union Pacific Railroad station in

Topeka, which is being transformed into the Great Overland Station, as a state railroad

museum of Kansas.

WHEREAS, The State of Kansas has a rich railroad heritage which

includes the birth and growth of the Santa Fe Railway, participation in

the Union Pacific's effort to build the first transcontinental railroad, and

the site of important rail lines for the Missouri Pacific, Rock Island, Mis-

souri Kansas Texas (KATY) and other railroad companies; and

WHEREAS, The railroads were instrumental in the development of

our state, especially in recruiting many of the first settlers to Kansas.

Those settlers established agriculture as a primary industry in Kansas and

brought with them the red winter wheat which historically has been a

mainstay of our economy. The railroads created thousands of jobs in Kan-

sas, and they remain a major source of employment in our state. The story

of the railroads' contributions to the development of our state has been

largely untold, and many of today's generation have little knowledge or

appreciation of the railroads importance in our history; and

WHEREAS, Topeka's Union Pacific Station opened on January 27,

1927, an historic and celebratory event for the community. Designed by

renowned architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood, the beautiful Union Pa-

cific passenger station was reported to be ``one of the finest passenger

stations on the line'' when it opened. The Union Pacific Railroad Station

in Topeka, now known as the Great Overland Station, is listed on the

Register of Historic Kansas Places and has been nominated for listing on

the National Historic Register. The station stands as a symbol of an ex-

traordinary era in America's history, a period of great industrial and cul-

tural expansion which mirrored the optimism and hope of the American

people. It served as the hub for transportation and industry, and the

activities of the community passed through this station; and

WHEREAS, Transformed into the Great Overland Station, the once-

proud building will become the symbol of a new era of vitality and vision.

The historic site contains stories of our early history, stories of the Kaw

Indians, French-Canadian traders, Oregon Trail pioneers, Underground

Railroad freedom seekers, rowdy frontier characters and hometown hero

Charles Curtis. Connecting that history with railroad heritage represented

at the station will provide visitors with a knowledge and appreciation of

the deep and colorful roots of our state and validate the contributions of

the many individuals from all ethnic and social backgrounds who came

together to create our State; and

WHEREAS, The legacy of railroads in Kansas will be enhanced by the

renovation of this historic station: Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate of the State of Kansas, the House of Rep-

resentatives concurring therein: That the Great Overland Station in To-

peka is hereby designated as a state railroad museum of Kansas; and

Be it further resolved: That the Secretary of State provide an enrolled

copy of this resolution to Richard Davidson, Chairman, Union Pacific

Railroad Company, 1416 Dodge Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68179; John

Glassman, Executive Director, Great Overland Station, 701 North Kansas

Avenue, Topeka, Kansas 66609; Harry ``Butch'' Felker, Mayor, City of

Topeka, 215 Southeast 7th Street, Topeka, Kansas 66603; Ramon Powers,

Executive Director, Kansas Historical Society, 6425 Southwest 6th Street,

Topeka, Kansas 66615; and Beth Fager, Campaign Director, Great

Overland Station, 3320 Southwest Spring Creek Place, Topeka, Kansas


Adopted by the House April 12, 2002.

Adopted by the Senate

April 13, 2002.


Date Composed: 10/10/2002 Date Modified: 10/10/2002