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Map of the Most Important Railroad in Post-Civil War Texas

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281.     [MAP]. COLTON, G[eorge] W[oolworth] & C[harles] B. Map of the Texas and Pacific Railway, and its Connections Prepared by G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co. 172 Williams St. New York. [above neat line at lower left] Entered according to Act of Congress in the Year 1876 by G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co. in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington. New York: Texas and Pacific Railway Company, 1876. Lithograph map on thin paper showing the United States roughly below the 41st parallel (but not including New England) and northern Mexico south to Durango, some states and territories in original blue wash, with route of Texas and Pacific railroad outlined in blue, the northern routes in red (Central and Union Pacific Railway; Kansas Pacific Railway; and Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe), and feeder and proposed routes shown in orange, certain towns and cities also highlighted in color (San Francisco, Omaha, Kansas City, New Orleans, Galveston, etc.), relief shown by hachure; neat line to neat line: 43 x 86 cm; overall sheet size: 44.7 x 88 cm. Map creased where formerly folded, blank margins lightly browned, otherwise very fine, with excellent color.

     Accompanied by the original printed pamphlet from which it was removed by a previous owner: TEXAS AND PACIFIC RAILWAY COMPANY. Fifth Annual Report of the Board of Directors of the Texas and Pacific Railway Company to the Stockholders. August 8th, 1876. Philadelphia: McLaughlin Brothers’ Book and Job Printing Establishment, 112 and 114 South Third Street, 1876. [1-5] 6-29 [1, blank], [2] pp. 8vo (23.4 x 14.9 cm), original grey printed wrappers, old stab holes at outer left margins. Contemporary ink ownership signature of H.A. Bentley. Wraps slightly dusty and with a few minor stains, a few minor wrinkles to text, overall very good. Both map and pamphlet matted, framed, and under Plexiglas.

     First edition of a very scarce map and report. Modelski, Railroad Maps of the United States 579. Not in Day (Maps of Texas), Wheat, or other standard sources. Chartered on March 3, 1871, the Texas and Pacific Railway was the only federally chartered road in Texas and was instrumental in developing the northern part of the state from border to border. Track laying began in 1873, reached Fort Worth by 1876, and finally in 1881 met up with the Southern Pacific at Sierra Blanca about a hundred miles short of El Paso. The road was entitled theoretically to millions of acres of public land, but actually received only about half of the twelve million acres it would have received had the road been completed on time.

     In this report, after reviewing some of the land controversies and potential aid from the U.S. Congress, the Directors report that its trains have run just over one million miles, earned considerably more revenue in both passengers and freight than in the previous year, and have 25 working locomotives, 202 box cars, and 209 flat cars.


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