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The first railroad maps printed in the United States?

A compilation of seminal reports advocating and describing the earliest general-purpose rail lines in New England. Particularly interesting for the inclusion of a two-part map of the proposed line from Boston to Albany, which according to Modelski is the first rail map printed in the United States. Background Revolutions in transportation were probably greatest drivers […]

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Cartographic relic from Boston’s “Green Line”

A schematic route map for Boston’s Green Line, originally displayed in a Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority subway car. First established in 1856 as part of the Cambridge Horse Railroad, the Green Line is the oldest line of Boston’s subway system (aka “the T”). It runs roughly southwest from Lechmere Point in Cambridge to Copley and […]

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A unique (and still playable!) railroad game, by a notable American artist

An original game, with board, cards, and playing pieces, by the American artist Cassius Marcellus Coolidge. The object of Coolidge’s game is to be the first player to build a transcontinental railroad by acquiring rights of passage through the 51 states and territories represented on the game board. An anticipation of the 20th-century board games Monopoly […]

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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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A significant Texas railroad archive

The progress and development of the Texas and New Orleans Railroad, as depicted in incorporation documents, 17 manuscript letters from early stockholders, and a map of the lines completed and proposed. This is an archive related to the development and operation of the Texas and New Orleans Rail Road in and before 1860. The collected materials present […]

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Stunning chromo broadside for the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad

A spectacular and very rare display broadside, touting the Chicago Rock Island & Pacific line and its connections with the newly-completed transcontinental railroad. The Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Railroad was formed in 1866 through the merger of the Chicago & Rock Island and Mississippi & Missouri Railroads. Just three years later the Union Pacific and […]

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A rare Gold Rush-era map promoting a Transcontinental Railroad

A rare map of the world by the great David Burr, repurposed during the California Gold Rush to promote a transcontinental railroad. The map depicts the world on a Mercator projection, with a spider’s web of tracks representing Cook’s three voyages and Wilkes’ U.S. Exploring Expedition sketched in. The American geography reflects the momentous times: […]

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Early tourist poster for Cape Cod and the Islands

A large and decorative poster promoting tourist travel via the Old Colony Line to Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. The Old Colony Line was operated by the Old Colony Railroad, established in 1844 to develop service between Boston and Plymouth. Through mergers and acquisitions the Railroad grew to dominate southeastern Massachusetts, gaining impetus from the development of Boston’s suburbs, […]

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Striking railroad map featuring new American time zones

One of the earliest maps of the United States to show the Standard Time Zones introduced on November 18, 1883. This very large railroad map is a striking production, with vibrant full color by time zone and “Chicago & Alton R.R.” splashed in large red lettering across the top. The system had its origins in […]

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Rare promotional map of Pilot Knob, Missouri

An extremely rare, interesting and visually striking promotional map for the iron-mining town of Pilot Knob, Missouri. In early 1858 St. Louis surveyor William H. Cozens laid out the small town of Pilot Knob, Missouri in the Arcadia Valley some 85 miles south by southwest of St. Louis. The new town lay at the foot […]

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