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July 27, 1866 Act granting Lands to aid in the Construction of a Railroad and Telegraph Lane from the States of Missouri and Arkansas to the Pacific Coast.
The Act authorized the creation of a corporation, Atlantic and Pacific Railroad Company, empowered to lay out, locate, and construct a continuous railroad and telegraph lines from Missouri and Arkansas to the Pacific Coast. The right of way through public lands was granted to the corporation for the construction of a railroad and telegraph with the right, power and authority to take from the public lands adjacent to the road, earth, stone and timber for construction. Indian title to lands falling under this act would be extinguished only by their voluntary cession. Public lands, not mineral designated, were granted to the corporation to aid in the construction of the railroad and telegraph. Provisions of pre-emption and homestead acts were extended to lands on line of road. Company could take any land necessary for working of road. Set forth payment and procedures for taking land.
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