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As the merchants returned to the stores, they thought of great things that the future would bring to their town because of this new service. According to The Kiowa County Signal, the Santa Fe was first serving Greensburg with regularly scheduled trains on July 2, 1887. Both freight and passenger service was available. An estimate was made that the Rock Island would, also, arrive in the city near September first. The Rock Island was about two months behind the Santa Fe at this point in the construction race.

On a day of high wind, flames could travel through the tall dry grass faster than a horse could run. In that first autumn while Eliza was beginning her collection of black rocks, the Kimberlys witnessed such a fire only a few miles away. A homestead family near Haviland lost all their property because the fireguard proved to be too narrow and the gusty wind carried blazing leaves of grass across the plowed strip of land. An early-day eyewitness of these prairie catastrophies was the famous artist, George Catlin (1796-1872).

Tohwahnaki's sense of direction was marvelous; he had been on cross country travels before. Tohwahnaki and Otan were conferring with the other braves as to the next move when Quochawa came running toward them. With a trembling hand she pointed to the river's edge. It was rising again and slowly creeping toward their campsite. Fear rose again. Was the raging Spirit of the river determined to claim them as it had their companions? Action must be immediate, and Otan led his group to the rafts which were beginning to fret at the moorings.

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