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AUCTION 19

BIRD’S-EYE VIEW OF YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK IN 1895

99. [MAP] NORTHERN PACIFIC RAILWAY COMPANY. Folding colored brochure with text on recto and bird’s-eye view of Yellowstone National Park on verso:  [Text: titles on front and back panels] The Yellowstone National Park via Northern Pacific Railway. Northern Pacific, The Yellowstone Park. Puget Sound and Alaska. 15 panels with colored, pictorial title on lower two panels, 2 panels at upper left with colored map showing steamship routes to Alaska from Puget Sound, another panel at top with route of the Northern Pacific Railroad from Duluth and Minneapolis west to Tacoma, printed text, photographs; folds to 20.7 x 9.5 cm; [bird’s-eye view on verso]:  Yellowstone National Park. Northern Pacific Railroad. [below neat line at lower left] Copyrighted 1895, by Chas. S. Fee.  [lower right in image] Poole Bros. Engrs. Chicago.  Colored lithograph, measuring from neat line to neat line: 60.5 x 45.5 cm.  Professionally rejoined where formerly separated, a few minor losses at folds and elsewhere, outer panels slightly soiled, but generally a very good copy of an ephemeral publication.

     After the Civil War the railroad companies became aware of the traffic-generating potentials of the scenic wonders of the West, and the Northern Pacific Extension Project and other promoters lobbied for the establishment of Yellowstone National Park to make it accessible to tourists.  The Park was established in 1872, but not until 1883 was a rail spur laid down within three miles of the Park, the Northern Pacific Railroad line being the first to serve Yellowstone. In addition to tours of Yellowstone, the brochure also devotes considerable space to boat tours to Alaska departing from Puget Sound. The brochure and view were included in the 1972 Library of Congress exhibit on National Parks.  For more on the Poole Bros., see Tooley’s Dictionary of Mapmakers (2003 edition, Vol. III, p. 450. ($400-800)

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