Historic 1800's Railroad Maps Volume 1 Representing Lines From Alabama and Tennessee River Railroad to Corpus Christi and Rio Grande Railway
The Railroad maps represent an important historical record, illustrating the growth of travel and settlement as well as the development of industry and agriculture in the United States. They depict the development of cartographic style and technique, highlighting the achievement of early railroaders. Included in the collection are progress report surveys for individual lines, official government surveys, promotional maps, maps showing land grants and rights-of-way, and route guides published by commercial firms.
Below is a small sampling of the maps on this CD. And below the maps is a table with a description of the entirety of the maps offered on this CD. Each map is stored in MrSID format.
This format allows you to see the entire map on your computer screen or drill down to see the smallest details. The original maps are often quite large, as much as 36" long or larger and quite detailed. With the MrSID software, you can manipulate the map to print the entire map in great detail or zoom into a portion of the map in full detail for viewing or printing. You could even bring the images to a local print shop to have the maps reprinted in their full size. (MrSID software is included on the CD.)
To give you a sample of the detail you can expect in these maps, here is an example based on a panoramic map of Washington, DC.
Alabama and Tennessee River Railroad. Map showing the line of the Alabama & Tennessee River Rail Road and its proposed extensions; exhibiting also the contiguous mineral deposits and zone of production. County and township map of Alabama and vicinity showing drainage, cities and towns, and main railroads in heavy lines. Chartered in 1848. Reorganized in 1866 under title of Selma, Rome, and Dalton Railroad. Scale 1:1,267,200. G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co. CREATED/PUBLISHED New York, 1867, c1865. Scale 1:1,267,200.
Atlantic and Pacific Railroad Company. Maps showing the Atlantic & Pacific Railroad and leased lines. Special map shows the main line and land grant in Missouri and includes iron and lead regions; general map covers United States showing the railroad network with the main lines distinguished by color; created by Act of Congress, July 27, 1866, with a land grant of 42 million acres; entry 329 shows extent of land grant in Arizona and New Mexico. G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co. CREATED/PUBLISHED New York, 1873. Scale ca. 1:150,000 and ca. 1:7,000,000.
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company. A map of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and its principal connecting lines uniting all parts of the East & West. A. Hoen & Co. CREATED/PUBLISHED Baltimore, Lith. by A. Hoen & Co.  Scale ca. 1:8,5000,000
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company. Chicago to San Franciso via the Burlington Route. Contains profiles and elevation of lines, indicates geographic regions, industry and agriculture, mileage, stage connections, and railroads. "The above three sections, showing the line of railroad from Chicago to San Francisco giving distances, elevations above the sea, quality of soil and country, population of towns and cities, lakes, rivers, mountains, connecting railroad lines, and all items of interest of which a traveller would desire to know, in regard to the Great Route Across the continent. Armed with this Guide, the passenger needs to further information." H.R. Page & Co. CREATED/PUBLISHED Chicago, c1879. Scale ca. 1:3,000,000.
This CD Contains 98 Railroad Maps from Railroad Lines Alabama and Tennessee River Railroad to Corpus Christi and Rio Grande Railway. Here is a list of all the Railroad Lines represented.
Each map contains a wealth of interesting details to explore over and over again. This is a must have collection for any 19th century American railroad buff. With this CD, you will be able to trace the old railroads that made this country great in the 19th century and learn many interesting facts about the various railroad lines both from the provided descriptions and the detailed annotations found on many of the maps.
To use this software, you must install the free ExpressView MrSid software which is included on the CD. This is a 30 second process and will allow you to view and manipulate/print all the maps in this CD collection in full detail. There is a version for Windows platforms and full installation instructions are included on the CD.