"The Santa Fe Route - The Great Middle Route", Rand McNally & Co.
Subject: Western United States
Period: 1886 (dated)
Color: Black & White
23.3 x 2.4 inches
59.2 x 6.1 cm
This miniature bird's-eye railroad brochure is unique in that it was created specifically for Delegates to the Convention of the National Education Association's convention in Topeka, July 9 - 16, 1886. The four panel advertising piece opens to a lovely bird's-eye view of the country between Kansas City to San Francisco. Along the route are named stops, places of interest and side trips, elevations, and the distance in miles from the Missouri River. Across the top the route is divided into four days with the time and location for every meal noted. Self folding into very handsome covers with gold ink and the Santa Fe logo and description of the trip. The two inside panels invite delegates to the tour and the 'diary' gives a detailed itinerary for the trip. The brochure notes that "an inspection of this miniature folder will give the intending tourist a fair idea of the journey to Southern California and San Francisco and return by the Santa Fe Route." A unique railroad tour advertising piece.
A trace of soiling on outside with a spot or two and one spot on map, still very good.