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Historic Railroad Map of the North Central United States - 1854

Map of the Great Central Railway Line of the West and connecting lines.

This distance map of the north-central United States was published in 1854 by William Schuchman. It concentrates on the railroad connections between New York and St. Louis with labeled lines and notable destinations.

United States Senator Stephen Douglas presented a bill to form the Nebraska Territory in 1854. Later that year it was signed into law as the Kansas-Nebraska Act. The Act allowed the formation of the Nebraska and Kansas territories. It also divided up the popular Whig political party, creating the Know Nothing movement.

Know Nothingism believers were particularly against instilling any political power, or naturalization to any German and Irish Catholic immigrants.

A major riot over nativism occurred in St. Louis in 1854. The riot, which was eventually calmed by the local militia, took 10 lives, injured dozens, and destroyed over 90 city buildings.

The opening of new western lands and the ongoing California gold rush encouraged much railroad growth in the early 1850's.

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1W-OH-PA-1854-S 24" x 11" 2 lbs $29.95 add to basket
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1W-OH-PA-1854-L 42" x 19" 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.