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Historic Railroad Map of the Northeastern United States - 1840

Map showing the most direct commercial route from the Atlantic via Lake Ontario, to the province of Upper Canada, the north western states & territories, and to the Mississippi.

This outline map shows the area from Washington DC, north to above Lake Huron and from Cape Cod to the Mississippi River. It was drawn and published by John Price around 1840. Shown are major destinations, waterways, and the railroad network of the era. Pictured are portions of Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, and southeast Canada. A distance and time table is displayed in the lower right.

The Great Western Railroad was an ambitious project of businessman Samuel Zimmerman to connect the Niagara and Detroit rivers. Zimmerman traveled from Pennsylvania to Canada in the 1840's and acquired numerous railroad contracts by means of, what some say, was bribery. He became one of the richest men in Canada by acquiring a number of lake steamboats and a great deal of property at Niagara Falls, Toronto, and Hamilton. He was extremely influential in the politics of the day. At the time of his death in 1857, when a Great Western train accidentally crashed into a frozen Desjardins Canal, Zimmerman owned his own bank, foundry, mills, and a hotel.

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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.