Historic Railroad Map of Pennsylvania & New York - 1856

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Map of the Canals and Railroads for transporting anthracite coal from the several coal fields to the City of New York.

This detailed map of eastern Pennsylvania and parts of New York and New Jersey was published in 1856 by William Lorenz. It displays cities, towns, counties, and the regional canal and railroad systems of the 1850's.

The completion of the Morris Canal in 1831 helped Newark, New Jersey grow and prosper. The innovative canal ran from Phillipsburg to Newark. It enabled easy transportation of anthracite coal and other raw materials from the Lehigh Valley to various industrial destinations. Newark was located at the canal’s terminus. From here shipments could be easily forwarded across Kearny Point and through Jersey City to the Hudson River.

The Lehigh Valley Railroad began operations in the 1850's between Mauch Chunk (present day Jim Thorpe) to the Delaware River. It was familiarly known as the “Route of the Black Diamond” as it became the main conveyor of coal from the coal regions.

The Pennsylvania Railroad was organized in 1846. That railroad line was a major system connecting Chicago with New York, New Jersey and St. Louis.


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