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Deseret - The American Canaan

156. RIO GRANDE WESTERN RAILWAY. A Few Facts about the Climate and Resources of the New State of Utah Which Will Interest the Farmer, Fruit-Grower, Stockman, and Others. Salt Lake City: Passenger Department of the Rio Grande Western Railway, 1896 [wrapper with imprint Chicago: Poole Bros.]. 64 pp., text illustrations (mostly photographic, plus a few maps, including The Counties of Utah).  8vo, original blue printed wrappers with cover title: A Pointer to Prosperity, map on inside upper wrapper (Rio Grande Western Ry., showing route from Denver to Ogden), map on lower wrapper (A Striking Comparison! The New State of Utah, “Deseret,” and the Holy Land, showing maps of Canaan and Deseret side by side), stapled (as issued). Other than minor wear and a few small chips to wraps, fine. Uncommon.

     First edition. Not in Flake, Herd, etc. This railroad promotional issued the year of Utah’s admission to the Union concentrates chiefly on agriculture.  The second half of the books is devoted to a county-by-county survey of the State and the products raised in each.  There is a chapter on stock raising in which it is emphasized that even people of small means can succeed.  Continuing, the author says that if a person of small means can succeed in cattle, the prospects for such a person in sheep are even greater.  ($200-400) 













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