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Rare broadside ad from the dawn of American rail travel

An early and very rare broadside advertisement promoting a Boston-Albany rail connection. The railroad craze came relatively early to Massachusetts. By the late 1820s a number of lines had been proposed, including the Boston & Worcester Railroad and a Western Railroad linking Worcester and Albany. Backers hoped the legislature would step in and fund the projects for the greater good. This […]

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1848 map of Charlestown Massachusetts by Felton & Parker and Barker

Felton & Parker map of Charlestown Massachusetts in 1848

A rare, interesting and accomplished map of Charlestown Massachusetts in 1848, produced by two men who were to become major figures in the American railroad sector. The map depicts Charlestown in its entirety, as well as parts of nearby Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Malden, Chelsea and East Boston. It shows of course the street layout and […]

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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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1906 Maine Central Railroad view of Casco Bay

Promotional view of Casco Bay published by the Maine Central Railroad

A fine example of this well-known chromolithographic bird’s-eye view of Casco Bay and Portland, Maine, lithographed for the Maine Central Railroad by George H. Walker. Established through merger in 1862, by the early 20th century the Maine Central Railroad dominated its market, with lines throughout the state and neighboring New Hampshire. It commissioned this lovely […]

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White Mountains bird's eye view by G. W. Morris

A striking bird’s-eye view of the White Mountains

A striking bird’s-eye view of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, produced to supply the burgeoning tourist trade of the late 19th century. By the end of the 19th century the Lakes and White Mountain regions of New Hampshire had become major tourist destinations, with a well-developed network of rail and coach links, hotels and inns, and guide […]

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Joseph H. Curtis, Landscape Engineer 85 Dev. St. Boston from surveys by J. G. Kelly / Heliotype Printing Co. Boston, Plan of Heights of BUENA VISTA near terminus of Mt. Desert Branch of M.C.R.R.Hancock, Maine, Dec. 1888.

Rare plan for a coastal development near Mount Desert Island

The Maine Central Railroad was chartered in 1881 and completed in mid-1884, running nearly 50 miles from Penobscot Switch to the Mount Desert Ferry in Hancock, Maine. This created the only all-rail connection between Mount Desert, Portland, Boston and beyond. “Since the opening of the Mount Desert Branch of the Maine Central Railroad a new […]

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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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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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