Historic Railroad Map of Pennsylvania, New York & Vicinity - 1884

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Map showing the Seaboard, Pennsylvania and Western Railroad and its connections.

Transportation advancements in Pennsylvania and New York were significant in the 1800's.

Anthracite coal was first discovered in Pennsylvania in the 1760's. Its importance gained much attention and soon mines began to emerge throughout the southern and eastern portions of the state. Transportation of the ore was of utmost concern at the time.

The original Erie Canal was opened in 1825, and thereafter, enlarged until 1862. The valuable waterway encouraged much growth in Pennsylvania and provided good transportation of the region's resources.

Buffalo, located on the eastern shores of Lake Erie near the head of the Niagara River, was a small trading community before the Erie Canal opened. Buffalo acted as the canal's western terminus. The canal enabled Buffalo to prosper and grow into a major port city and manufacturing center.

Railroads closely followed the canals. Numerous railroads were added in New York State during the mid-1800's. These new lines cut the costs of transporting goods dramatically. Farmers and manufacturers were now able to transport goods more efficiently, and at less cost.

The Pennsylvania Railroad was founded in 1846 and became a major railroad system connecting Chicago with New York, New Jersey and St. Louis. The railroad's Altoona complex employed thousands of workers as the industry grew.

New railroads in New York State led to much additional settlement in western New York, while making accessible, the beautiful scenery that was present, to vacationers.

Geneva, located at the north end of Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes region, had earlier prospered as an important source of fruits and vegetables situated along side the Erie Canal and the Cayuga-Seneca Canal.

When the railroad reached Geneva in the 1840's new industries were established in the commercial district and the area became known as "the bottom lands".

A number of lines were added to New York's railroad system during that time, reaching the western regions of the state, and providing connections into Pennsylvania.

Several railroad lines were devised, during this time period, to transport anthracite coal from mines in eastern Pennsylvania to New York's industrial areas. Some of these lines were completed and some, like the Seaboard, Pennsylvania & Western, were not.

This map of northeastern United States was published in 1884 by G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co. It shows cities, towns, waterways, Pennsylvania coal fields, and railroads with emphasis on the main line.

The inset map at the bottom left portrays the Great Lakes region with indicated railroad lines.


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