The Topolobampo Collection contains Albert Kimsey Owen's business records and promotional materials related to the colony
and railroad enterprise established on Topolobampo Bay, Sinaloa, Mexico between 1872 and 1910. Materials include business
correspondence, writings by Owen, legal documents, descriptions of corporate entities, promotional materials, images of the
colony, maps, and plans of Pacific City. Prominent correspondents include C.B. Hoffman, John W. Lovell, J.H. Rice, and Arthur
E. Stilwell. Corporations represented in the collection include the Credit Foncier Company; the Texas, Topolobampo and Pacific
Railroad and Telegraph Company; the Mexican Western Railroad; and the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railway Company. Materials
that describe day-to-day life in the colony are not represented in the collection.
The collection is arranged in four series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) WRITINGS BY OWEN, 3) SUBJECT MATERIALS, and 4) MAPS AND PLANS.
Albert Kimsey Owen was born in Chester, Pennsylvania, on May 17, 1847. In 1863, Owen moved to Fort Craig, New Mexico, and
by 1870 he was working as a surveyor in Chester. In the spring of 1872, he was hired by William S. Rosecrans and William
J. Palmer to survey the west coast of Mexico for an extension of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad; it was then that he first
reconnoitered the bay of Topolobampo, Sinaloa, Mexico.