Historic 1800's Railroad Maps Volume 4 Representing Lines From Pacific Railroad to Rutland and Burlington Railroad
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.
Pacific Railroad. Map of South Pacific Rail Road Co. of Missouri. Outline map of Arkansas and parts of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas showing drainage, counties, cities and towns, finished and projected railroads with names along the lines. Aug. Gast & Co. CREATED/PUBLISHED [n.p.], 1870. Scale [ca. 1:2,500,000].
Pacific Railroad. Map of the country tributary to the Northern Pacific Railroad, compiled from English, Canadian, and American official sources and original surveys by Edward H. Knight, Jan. 1st 1871. Map of northwest part of United States and southwest part of Canada showing relief by hachures, drainage, isotherms, the wheat region, cities and towns, forts, routes and trails, the railroad network and the proposed Northern Pacific Railroad. The line was constructed under an act of Congress approved by Abraham Lincoln, July 2, 1864. It was completed in 1883 and approximates the route of exploration taken by Lewis and Clark in 1804-06. Knight, E. H. (Edward H.) CREATED/PUBLISHED [n.p., 1871] Scale ca. 1:3,000,000.
Pennsylvania Railroad. Map of the Pittsburg [sic], Fort Wayne & Chicago, Cleveland and Pittsburg [sic], Grand Rapids and Indiana, and Pennsylvania railroads. Map of the northeastern United States showing relief by hachures, drainage, cities and towns, and the railroad network with named lines. Emphasis on the main lines. Rand McNally and Company. CREATED/PUBLISHED Chicago, c1874. Scale ca. 1:4,500,000.
Rockford, Rock Island, and Saint Louis Railroad. Map showing the line of the Rockford, Rock Island, & Saint Louis R.R. and its connections. ws midwestern states with drainage, cities and towns, township and county boundaries, and the railroad network with emphasis on the main line. Consolidated October 8, 1868. G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co. CREATED/PUBLISHED New York, 1868. Scale 1:1,267,200.
This CD Contains 71 Railroad Maps from Pacific Railroad to Rutland and Burlington Railroad. 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.