Auction 124, Lot 289

"Iron Mountain Route! St. Louis to Texas! Map of the Texas Short Line [Broadside]", Railroad Companies, (Various)

Subject: Texas

Period: 1878 (circa)


Color: Printed Color

6.5 x 21 inches
16.5 x 53.3 cm

This broadside is a great ephemera piece with a map of the route from St. Louis to Austin and Galveston on one side and extensive timetable and marketing text on the other. The map (5.4 x 11") shows the railroad routes printed in heavy, bold black lines with all stops and stations named. Advertising on verso is printed in bold red and black ink to promote the new route, and includes CHEAP EXCURSION TICKETS and EMIGRANT EXCURSION TICKTETS. The original Iron Mountain Route connected St. Louis with Iron Mountain (near present-day Ironton, Missouri), but then it went further southwest until it reached and extended into Texas. This map was issued to encourage immigration into Texas along this line. Printed by the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. A great document of Texas and the continuing westward rush during the 19th century.


Condition: A

A nice, vivid example with some loss at the upper left margin, not affecting the map.

Estimate: $400 - $600

Sold for: $300

Closed on 5/7/2008