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Fort Riley and its neighbors : military money and economic growth, 1853-1895

Author: William A Dobak
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Fort Riley and Its Neighbors is a story of soldiers trying to save money and civilians trying to make it. Fort Riley stands today overlooking the Kansas River because army quartermasters in the 1850s thought that small steamboats could deliver supplies cheaply there. Civilians came to help build the fort and stayed to bid on the quartermaster's contracts for feed and fuel. Townspeople kept a covetous eye on Fort
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William A Dobak
ISBN: 0806130717 9780806130712
OCLC Number: 38752955
Description: xvi, 241 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Fort Riley and Its Neighbors --
Prologue: "The Commerce of an Infant State" --
1. "Steamboat Navigation to Fort Riley Will Benefit the Settlers" --
2. "A Flourishing City May Soon Appear" --
3. "Uncle Sam Will Soon Make Money More Plenty Here" --
4. "The Aid of Cities and Counties ... Will Build It" --
5. "Where They Can Be Housed and Supplied at the Least Expense" --
6. "To Appropriate Everything Within Their Grasp" --
7. "The Disbursement of Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars in Our Midst" --
Epilogue: "The Fostering Aid of Our Government."
Responsibility: by William A. Dobak.

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Fort Riley and Its Neighbors is a story of soldiers trying to save money and civilians trying to make it. Fort Riley stands today overlooking the Kansas River because army quartermasters in the 1850s thought that small steamboats could deliver supplies cheaply there. Civilians came to help build the fort and stayed to bid on the quartermaster's contracts for feed and fuel. Townspeople kept a covetous eye on Fort Riley's land and its resources, and they voted bond issues to build short-line railroads in order to get competitive freight rates from transcontinental carriers. These short lines put Fort Riley at the center of the nation's transportation system, assuring the fort's survival for the next century.

The history of Fort Riley and its neighbors typifies the relations that evolved between the American people and their government throughout the American West. The settlers' approach to federal authority, at once supplicating and conniving, has persisted and thrived and become the national attitude.

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