Rare & Extraordinarily Detailed Railroad Map of Texas 1883
98. [MAP]. HENSOLDT, E. A. The Railroad System of Texas on September 1st, 1883. Drawn for the Galveston News by E. A. Hensoldt. Rand, McNally & Co., Engravers Chicago. [at top] Supplement to the Statistical Edition of the Galveston News, September 1st, 1883. [inset table at top left] Railroad Construction in the United States. [inset table at lower left] List of Railroad Towns in Texas Having a Population of 1,000 and Over. [Galveston, 1883]. Lithograph map on newsprint paper, neat line to neat line: 50.8 x 69.8 cm. Creased where formerly folded, uniform light browning, voids at corners affecting neat lines, strengthened at folds (minor losses).
First edition. Not in Day. The map was chosen for inclusion on the Library of Congress American Memory website. An extraordinarily detailed map showing nearly every train depot in Texas between Louisiana and New Mexico, south to the Rio Grande and north into present-day Oklahoma. The year 1883 was significant in Texas railroad history, since Collis Huntington had won the race against the Texas & Pacific Railway to Sierra Blanca, thereby securing the mountain paths east of El Paso and consolidating the Southern Pacific route from that point all the way to New Orleans. Thus this map reflects Texas railway development at about the time lines ran across the state totally from east to west and north to south. Several lines into Mexico from El Paso and Laredo are also shown. ($500-1,000)
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