Historic Railroad Map of the United States & Canada - 1900

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Northern Pacific Railway 1900.

This map of the northwest United States accompanied the Northern Pacific Railway’s 1900 annual report. It was drawn and published by L.L. Poates Engineering Co. It displays relief, drainage, cities, towns, forest and timber regions, Indian and military reservations, and the railroad system of 1900. The Northern Pacific Railroad is highlighted in red.

The Northern Pacific was chartered by Congress in 1864. Its goal was to connect the Great Lakes with Puget Sound in Washington Territory. By opening up access to regions in the northwest the line offered good transportation of the western region’s resources and permitted safe passenger travel.

In 1870 work proceeded east from Puget Sound while crews in Minnesota began laying tracks going west. Completion of the railroad was hampered by constant Indian attacks upon surveyors and workers, and because of this slow progression the line went bankrupt during the economic Panic of 1873. Upon reorganization the Northern Pacific Railroad was finally completed in September of 1883. A grand ceremony at Gold Creek, in western Montana, where the two ends met, was climaxed with the installation of a gold spike.

In 1893, the railroad was again forced into bankruptcy proceedings, but after reorganizing, it began to improve. Its ability to upgrade equipment regularly and offer first-class travel service enabled the Northern Pacific to become one of the most popular railroads of the early 1900's.

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