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Auction 114, Lot 229

"Map of the Country Embracing the Various Routes Surveyed for the Western & Atlantic Rail Road of Georgia", Long, Stephen H. (Col.)

Subject: Georgia

Period: 1837 (dated)

Publication: Sen Doc 57, 25th Cong., 2nd Sess.

Color: Black & White

21.3 x 7.5 inches
54.1 x 19.1 cm
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According to Modelski this is the earliest printed railroad map residing in the collection of the Library of Congress that was based on Government Surveys. The map was surveyed and drawn by M. M. Stansbury of the U. S. Topological Bureau. When the route was completed in 1850, it's rail traffic ran 138 miles between today's Atlanta and Chattanooga. Its strategic location made it a key supply route for the Confederacy and was the track for the famous 'Andrew's Raid' in 1862 when Union soldiers captured the locomotive General. A most desirable and early railroad map in beautiful condition.

References: Modelski Railroads First 100 Years No. 6 (illustrated); Modelski No.613.

Condition: A+

Issued folding, now pressed and backed with archival tissue.

Estimate: $300 - $350

Sold for: $170

Closed on 3/1/2006