Midland Valley Railroad
|Midland Valley Railroad|
Midland Valley R.R. map
|Locale||Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma|
|Dates of operation||1903–1964|
|Successor||Texas and Pacific|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
The Midland Valley Railroad was incorporated in 1903 for the purpose of building a line from Hoye, Arkansas, through Muskogee and Tulsa, Oklahoma to Wichita, Kansas. The railroad took its name from Midland, Arkansas, a coal mining town in western Arkansas which was served by the railroad. The Midland Valley gained access to Fort Smith, Arkansas via trackage rights over the Frisco from Rock Island, Oklahoma.
Muskogee, Oklahoma, was home to the Midland Valley's headquarters and shops. In 1925, the Midland Valley acquired the Kansas, Oklahoma and Gulf Railway. Both railroads were owned by the Muskogee Company, which purchased a third railroad Oklahoma City-Ada-Atoka Railway in 1929. All three railroads were operated as more or less common property by the Muskogee Company until sale of all railroads to the Missouri Pacific Railroad in 1964. The Midland Valley was merged into the T&P on April 1, 1967. Operated as branchlines for a number of years, most of the Midland Valley has now been abandoned.
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