Catalog Archive
Auction 156, Lot 151

"The Great Railroad Routes to the Pacific, and Their Connections [bound in report]", Gorlinski, Joseph

Subject: United States

Period: 1869 (dated)

Publication: Rep. Com. No. 219, 40th Congress, 3rd Session

Color: Black & White

27.5 x 14 inches
69.9 x 35.6 cm

A terrific railroad map that is most notable in its depiction of the Golden Spike area in Utah: the entire track is shown completed except for 50 miles between Weber Canyon and Fort Bridger! As far as we know this is the only railroad map with this unique depiction. It was published just days before the completion if this historic railway. Scores of railroads are located throughout the country, including complete and projected lines; the Northern & Southern Pacific Trunk lines are shown in bold lines. Published by the American Photo-Lithographic Company using a printing technique called "Osborne's Process." The map is still bound into the original 31 pp. report with tan paper wrappers entitled "The Policy of Extending Government Aid to Additional Railroads to the Pacific by Guaranteeing Interest on Their Bonds."


Condition: B+

Issued folding with a couple of faint spots, a few tiny splits at fold intersections, and a 1" binding tear at left, all of which have been closed on verso with archival tape. Report text is good with a faint damp stain near the center of the text.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 2/17/2016