— ICC Abandonment Filings —
|Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway|
|Docket: 13773||6/3/1942||Section: 1|
|Application for authority to abandon 32.63 miles of railroad from point near Anthony, Harper County, Kansas to a point in the City of Cherokee, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, a distance of 32.63 miles.|
|Length: 32.630 miles||Citation: 354 ICC 803|
— User Comments —
This line was part of the Kansas City Mexico and Orient which was envisioned by promoter Arthur E. Stilwell as a shortcut to the Pacific Ocean via Mexico. Mexico's famed Copper Canyon line is a surviving remnant of this route. A branch of the Rock Island's Choctaw Route paralleled this line and was abandoned in 1938. This abandoned segment of the Orient passed through only two communities, Byron, OK and Waldron, KS, now the final resting place of Tammy Faye Bakker. The line was abandoned for steel used in WWII and Orient branch trains were rerouted down the Santa Fe Transcon line from Harper to Kiowa and on the Enid line from Kiowa to Cherokee.