George Mason University Collections

This collection consists of five original photographs by an unknown photographer. Three of the photographs show extensive damage to the tracks, platform, and bricks at the railroad station and two of these show Dr. Dan and C. M. Rathburn, who was President of the Atchison Union Depot & Railroad Company. The other two photographs are of a non-damaged locomotive and two railroad employees. On January 6, 1888, a locomotive boiler explosion occurred at the railroad station in Atchison, Kansas. It is possible that these photographs were taken after that explosion. The explosion created a fire and enough damage that the station had to close. Rebuilding was delayed due the high price of acquiring needed extra track room.