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Auction 146, Lot 188

"[Untitled - Map of Northern Pacific Railroad with Annual Report]", Bien, Julius

Subject: Western United States, Railroads

Period: 1884 (published)

Publication: Northen Pacific Railroad. Report of the Board of Directors ... 1884

Color: Printed Color

28 x 12.3 inches
71.1 x 31.2 cm
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This map illustrates the historic Northern Pacific Railroad, which connected the Great Lakes with the Pacific Northwest, opening vast new agricultural and mining lands and linking Washington and Oregon to the rest of the country. The railroad was chartered by Congress in 1864 and construction began in 1870, but due to several financial obstacles including bankruptcy, it was not completed until 1883. It continued to expand and was embroiled in the financial panics and monopolies that dominated the railroad industry at the end of the 19th century.

The map itself details the lines from St. Paul and Duluth, Minnesota to a number of locations in Oregon and Washington including Seattle, Tacoma, and Portland. The existing lines are highlighted in red and the proposed lines are dashed red. Also shows the lines of the Oregon Railway in blue. Included with the map is a 64 pp. annual report detailing the financial state of the company and providing an immense amount of information including tracks in service, cargo revenue by merchandise, etc.


Condition: B

The map is clean with minor toning, a binding trim at lower left, and several fold separations just entering the map image and at the fold junctions. The report is lightly toned.

Estimate: $180 - $220


Closed on 9/4/2013