Interesting map of Texas, the Southwest, Plains and Midwest, focusing in on the Frisco Lines.
The primary lines shown are:
- St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad and Auxiliary Lines (Red)
- Chicago & Eastern Illinois RR, Evansville & Terre Haute RR and Evansville & Indianapolis RR (Purple)
- Houston & Texas Central (Blue)
The St. Louis-San Francisco Railway, also known as the Frisco Line, was incorporated in Missouri on September 7, 1876. It was formed from the Missouri Division and Central Division of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad. This land grant line was one of two railroads (the other being the M-K-T) authorized to build across Indian Territory. The Acheson, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, interested in the A & P right of way across the Mojave Desert to California, took the road over until the larger road went bankrupt in 1893; the receivers retained the western right of way but divested the ATSF of the St. Louis-San Francisco mileage on the great plains.
After bankruptcy the Frisco emerged as the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad, incorporated on June 29, 1896, which also went bankrupt. On August 24, 1916 the company was reorganized as the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway, though the line never went west of Texas, being more than 1,000 miles (1,600 km) from San Francisco.
The St. Louis-San Francisco Railway had two main lines: St. Louis-Tulsa-Oklahoma City and Kansas City-Memphis-Birmingham. The junction of the two lines was in Springfield, Missouri, home to the company's main shop facility and headquarters. Other lines included:
- Springfield-Kansas City (via Clinton, Missouri)
- Monett, Missouri (Pierce City)-Wichita, Kansas
- Monett, Missouri-Hugo, Oklahoma-Paris, Texas
- St. Louis-River Junction, Arkansas (Memphis, Tennessee)
- Tulsa, Oklahoma-Dallas, Texas
- Tulsa, Oklahoma-Avard, Oklahoma
- Lakeside, Oklahoma-Hugo, Oklahoma-Hope, Arkansas.
From March, 1917, through January, 1959, Frisco, in a joint venture with the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, operated the Texas Special.