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Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe

Very Rare Railroad Promotional Aimed at Swedes

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352.     [MAP]. [RAILROAD PROMOTIONAL]. ATCHISON, TOPEKA & SANTA FE RAILROAD. Atchison Topeka & Santa-Fe Railroad and Connections with 3.000.000 Acres Land for Sale on Eleven Years Credit & Seven Percent Interest [lower right] Fisk & Russell, N.Y. [on verso] Observationer, giorda under en resa i Kansas af Eric U. Norberg. [Kansas City? 1874?]. Broadside promotional with woodcut map on verso, neat line to neat line: 18.5 x 60.6 cm; overall sheet size: 22 x 70.1 cm. A few marginal chips (no losses), creased where formerly folded, otherwise fine. With contemporary purple ink stamp of A.F. Cutter, Real Estate Agent, Rock Island, Ill. Very rare.

     First edition? Not in standard sources; OCLC lists only the Yale copy. (Wichita State University also has a copy.) Norberg’s essay is dated Toulon, Stark County, Illinois, November 1, 1873, but the latest date in the text is December 1873. Norberg praises Kansas and urges that emigrants try to settle there. The map shows the middle area of the country from Massachusetts to California and on a longitude from the Dakotas to Indian Territory. Numerous rail lines connecting those areas are indicated, but prominence is given to the railroad’s lands between Topeka and the Colorado border, which this publication is intended to promote and which had just been opened. The railroad’s track stops at the Colorado line, which was their farthest point west in 1873; projected extensions are shown, however. This map dates from a time when all western railroads were competing fiercely for emigrants to settle on the lands given them by Congress in return for building the railways.

     Norberg (1813-1899?) emigrated from Sweden to the U.S. in 1842 and settled in Illinois in 1863. He was a member of the Bishop Hill Colony and at one time served as its secretary.


Sold. Hammer: $275.00; Price Realized: $330.00

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