1868 Map Showing the Burlington Cedar Rapids and Minnesota Railway and its Connections
By: G. W. & C.B. Colton
Date: 1868 (dated) New York
Dimensions: 33 x 24 inches (83.8 cm x 61 cm)
This is an authentic, antique railroad map that includes the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, and Minnesota, with parts of Michigan, Nebraska, and Kansas. The map was published along with a booklet by G.W. & C.B. Colton out of New York in 1868.
This map centers on the Burlington Cedar Rapids and Minnesota Railway, which runs from Burlington, Iowa to Mankato, Minnesota. Several other railroads are depicted including the Toledo Peoria & Warsaw, Illinois Central, Milwaukee & Mississippi, and the Rockford Rock Island & St. Louis railroads. Though exact borders are not included, all counties are named, as well as numerous cities, towns, and river systems.
The map was issued as part of a bond offering to raise funds for the line, offering investors a 7% return (the company later went bankrupt). The booklet consists of 36-pages of text that includes a statistical table showing the population and productions of the counties in Iowa through which the Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Minnesota railway passes.
Condition: This map is in B+ condition, issued folding with a small brown stain along two folds at top and in the left blank margin. The map has been detached from the pamphlet. The pamphlet text is very good, and the covers have several damp stains and an owner's stamp at top left. Spine has been reinforced with paper tape.
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