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Historic Railroad Map of the Midwest & Southern United States - 1881

Map showing the Kansas & Gulf Short Line Railroad and the Texas & St. Louis Railway with its Branches, Extensions and Connections.

The Kansas & Gulf Short Line Railroad was built between Tyler, Texas and Sabine Pass on the Gulf Coast to serve local Tyler business interests.

The Texas & St. Louis Railway was designed to connect St. Louis with Texarkana for the transportation of cotton. Building of this complicated railroad required numerous bridges and trestles. Builders were constantly hampered by exposure to swamp-like, and malarial conditions during the line's erection. The Texas & St. Louis was completed between Bird's Point, Missouri and Gatesville, Texas in August of 1883 to much fanfare. Both railroads became part of the St. Louis Southwestern Railway, better known as the "Cotton Belt Route" in 1891.

This map, published in 1881 by G.W. & C. B. Colton & Co. highlights the region's forests and mineral deposits, as well as its railroad network of the era. Rivers and counties are labeled, along with cities, towns, and forts. Shown are Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, and portions of Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Tennessee and Mississippi.

Item# Size Shp Wt Price Click to buy
1W-MW-RR-1881-S 24" x 23.5" 2 lbs $29.95 add to basket
1W-MW-RR-1881-M 36" x 35.5" 2 lbs $44.95 add to basket
1W-MW-RR-1881-L 42" x 41" 4 lbs $59.95 add to basket
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All reproduction prints are printed as "museum quality", using advanced ink formulas and durable museum quality paper.  The reproduction prints reflect the state of repair of the original conserved document. Stains and imperfections reflected in the original map at the time it was collected for conservation are left un-retouched, as they reflect the character and charm of the vintage original. Some major imperfections, such as dark fold lines have been removed when possible.  Maps are printed as ordered and are not returnable unless received damaged.