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Historic Railroad Map of the Western United States - 1887

Map showing the Pacific Railways and their Branches.

The Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads emerged in 1862 under the Pacific Railroad Act. The act initiated the construction of railroads west of the Missouri River in a hasty effort to control western resources during the American Civil War.

The Union Pacific was built westward from Council Bluffs, Iowa, while the Central Pacific was laid out east from San Francisco. The two lines met up at Promontory Summit in Utah in 1869 to much fanfare.

This relief map notes western waterways, cities, and towns. The railroad system is color coded or otherwise labeled. This map was prepared in 1887 by G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co. for the United States Pacific Railway Commission. It displays the United States from the west coast to the Mississippi River.

Item# Size Shp Wt Price Click to buy
1W-US-WS-1887-S 24" x 16.5" 2 lbs $29.95 add to basket
1W-US-WS-1887-M 36" x 24.5" 2 lbs $44.95 add to basket
1W-US-WS-1887-L 42" x 28.5" 4 lbs $59.95 add to basket
1W-US-WS-1887-XL 61.5" x 42" 4 lbs $79.95 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.