Laramie, Hahn’s Peak & Pacific Railway Promotional with Large Map & Superb Documentary Photographs
78. LARAMIE, HAHN’S PEAK & PACIFIC RAILWAY CO. Laramie, Hahns Peak and Pacific Railway System-The Direct Gateway to Southern Wyoming, Northern Colorado, and Eastern Utah-This Is an Official Publication Authorized by Action of the Board of Directors of the Company, that the Public May Have Authentic Information in Reference to the Corporation. [Colophon at end]: Boston: Tudor Press, Inc., n.d. [ca. 1912].  pp. (on heavy coated paper), mostly photographic plates with explanatory text, 2 maps: (1) In text: Map Showing the Location and the Strategetical Position of the Laramie, Hahns Peak & Pacific Railway System, neat line to neat line: 13.9 x 19 cm, route shown in color (2) Laid in: Map of Laramie, Hahns Peak and Pacific Railway from Laramie to Coalmont First Division Also As Surveyed from Northgate to Steamboat Springs Second Division and As Projected Steamboat Springs to Du Chesne Valley, Utah with Connection to Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Third Division [lower left inside neat line] From Office of Chief Engineer, folded colored lithographic map, neat line to neat line: 65.8 x 90 cm, colored code to natural features (coal, forests, gold, copper, oil, etc.). Oblong 4to, original gilt-lettered maroon cloth, floral endpapers. Minor shelf wear, front hinge barely starting, occasionally mild foxing (affecting a few tissue guards), overall a very fine, bright copy, very fresh, laid in old, possibly original, green cloth box.
First edition, deluxe edition (copy #100 of an unspecified number, with recipient’s name in manuscript—Dr. G. M. Kimball). Wynar 6652. A fine, expensive promotional intended to induce investors into the area of the Company’s operations. The documentary photographs include town views (Laramie, Hayden, Meeker, Steamboat Springs, Vernal, etc.), cattle ranches, mines and mining, agriculture, construction of canals, dams, railroads, trains, lumbering, scenes along the route, etc. This railroad was organized in 1911, but suffered financial difficulties and finally in 1914 was renamed, in 1924 reorganized, and in 1957 sold to the Union Pacific. The road’s nickname was “The Long Hard Pull” because of the grades involved. ($1,000-2,000)
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