Auction 125, Lot 177

"Map of the South Mountain and Boston Railroad & Connections", Railroad Companies, (Various)

Subject: Northeastern United States

Period: 1873 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

26.6 x 16.2 inches
67.6 x 41.1 cm

This is a scarce map showing the route of the short-lived South Mountain & Boston Railroad, which had grand plans of connecting Boston, MA with Harrisburg, PA via a connection with the Massachusetts Central Railroad at the state line. This plan would have provided a direct rail connection from New England to the coal, oil and slate region of Pennsylvania. The company was unable to realize its plans and the history of the route is filled with numerous bankruptcies, foreclosures, and name changes. This map is colored to show the rich mineral deposits throughout the region. It is decorated with a fine title cartouche featuring a train that was drawn by W.W. Denslow. In the opposite corner is a vignette of the bridge where the railroad was to cross the Hudson River. The map was published by the Reading Publishing House.


Condition: B+

Some toning, mostly on the verso, and a couple edge tears not affecting the map.

Estimate: $180 - $220

Sold for: $140

Closed on 9/24/2008