Kansas City, Pittsburg and Gulf Railroad

The Kansas City, Pittsburg and Gulf Railroad was a railway company that began operations in the 1890s and owned a main-line between Kansas City, Missouri, and Port Arthur, Texas. It was led by Arthur Stilwell before being thrown into receivership and eventually being absorbed by the Kansas City Southern Railwayin 1900.

Kansas City, Pittsburg and Gulf Railroad
1893 Poor's Kansas City, Pittsburg and Gulf Railroad.jpg
Projected system map as of 1893; however, Sabine Pass was later discarded as the southern terminus.[1]
HeadquartersKansas City, Missouri
LocaleMissouri, Kansas, and Texas
Dates of operation1897–1900
PredecessorKansas City Suburban Belt Railway
SuccessorKansas City Southern Railway
Track gauge4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge

Trackage on the KCP&G was complete from Kansas City to Shreveport, Louisiana as of March 2, 1897. By September 11 of that year, the line ran all the way to Port Arthur, Texas– a town Stilwell essentially created and named after himself.[1] However, the railroad was in financial trouble by 1899.[1] On April 1st, 1900, the Kansas City Southern Railway took control of the KCP&G properties after purchasing them at a foreclosure sale in Joplin, Missouri.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "The Completion of the KCP&G – A Centennial History". Lowell G. McManus, The Meridian Speedway. Retrieved August 19, 2020.