In an effort to obtain adequate miners, railroads in 1887 began to transport miners from Pittsburg to their local mines. Pittsburg endorsed this arrangement as it helped to keep miners living in the city.

“The Santa Fe company has made the employees of their mines at Frontenac and Vermillion [now Chicopee] a round trip rate of 5 cents to and from Pittsburg. The miners in the employ of the Missouri Pacific company at Fleming, who reside in Pittsburg, are given the same rate. There is an exceedingly liberal rate, and the benefits to be derived from it by Pittsburg are incalculable. Pittsburg will boom and boom until she heads the list as the great city of southeastern Kansas.”

Source: The Daily Headlight, Saturday, 3 December 1887, Vol. 1, No. 197.