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Get your Gold Bonds here!

A broadside advertisement for Northern Pacific Railroad bonds, intended to finance construction of its transcontinental line linking the Great Lakes with the Puget Sound region. The bonds paid a guaranteed yield of 7 3/10% in gold (hence the “7-30” title) or 8% in currency, were backed by the Northern Pacific’s hard assets, and could be […]

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National Railway Publication Company, MAP OF THE NORTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD AND TRIBUTARY COUNTRY. Jay Cooke & Co., [prob. 1872.]

A particularly creative map for selling Northern Pacific Railroad lands

A rare persuasive map of the United States and Canada, issued by Jay Cooke & Co. and using a variety of unusual techniques to promote the sale of lands granted to the Northern Pacific Railroad. Background The Northern Pacific was chartered in 1864 and planned to build a rail line connecting the Great Lakes with […]

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Edward Rollandet, THAYER’S MAP of the BLACK HILLS and BIG HORN COUNTRY Carefully prepared from the Official Maps of the General Land Office. Explorations of Capt. Wm. Ludlow and from latest Maps of the routes of General Custer and other Officers of the Army, furnished by Capt. W.S. Stanton Chief Engr. Dept. of the Platte and from the Engineer Dept. at Washington. Denver: H. L. Thayer, 1877.

A Western rarity: Thayer’s Map of the Black Hills and Big Horn Country (1877)

An extremely rare map of the Black Hills, Wyoming Territory and adjacent areas soon after the conclusion of the Great Sioux War of 1876, depicting vastly-improved geographic knowledge of the region, the growing impact of the arrival of the Union Pacific and Northern Pacific Railroads, and the ongoing dispossession of the Plains Indians. “An imposing […]

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