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tr517.jpg (276057 bytes)1867 UNION PACIFIC BROADSIDE.  11" x 3 1/2  Union Pacific Railroad Broadside soliciting their First Mortgage Bonds for the transcontinental Railroad. Though not dated, probably mid 1867 , as there is mention of the progress as the 1st of January, 1867, and details the estimated progress to September. Produced on an onion skin like paper,  A scarce item regarding the transcontinental RR. Overall Fine condition, some glue streaks in the back and migrating to the front, most noticeably on the left side.  (Tr.517); $425.

The Pacific Railroad Act provided subsidy bonds and land grants to help the railroad companies acquire the money they would need. The Pacific Railroad Act of 1862 authorized Union Pacific and the Central Pacific to receive government bonds for every mile of track they laid. The bonds were not a payment to the railroad, but more like a low interest loan. They had to be repaid at maturity, which was in thirty years, at a rate of six percent interest. The bonds were to be issued as follows: $16,000 for every mile of track laid on flatlands, $32,000 for every mile of track laid in the foothills, and $48,000 for each mile of track laid in mountainous terrain. Initially, the bonds were of little help because the companies needed money to pay for the labor and supplies necessary to begin construction. Since the government had no money to pay the railroad companies, they instead gave ten square miles of land for each mile of track that was completed. The land grants were to be distributed in a checkerboard fashion. The intent of the land grants was to give the railroads an asset they could turn into cash to help them finance construction. It soon was apparent that the subsidy bonds and land grants were not enough to finance such a monumental project. Congress passed the Pacific Railroad Act of 1864 with the intent of providing further means whereby the two companies might build capital. The 1864 act doubled the land grants to allow a total of twenty square miles (every other section for twenty miles on each side of the track) for each mile of track laid. The act continued the practice of subsidy bonds, and allowed each company to issue its own bonds to match those of the government, effectively doubling the amount of money that could be raised.


tr518.jpg (217042 bytes)JOINING OF THE RAILS, 1869. The Auburn Democrat, 25" x 17", 4 pp complete. Auburn, New York, Thursday, May 13, 1869. Extensive 1 1/2 column (pg2) report of the "Excercises Attending the Laying of the Last Rail at Promontory, Utah". Contains the speeches of Gov. Stanford, General Dodge,  along with the report of the driving the last spike. Good Rag stock, from bound volume w/ accompanying bindings marks, spine mostly separated, overall VG-F cond (Tr.518); $175.

tr508x.jpg (101946 bytes)UNION PACIFIC RAIL ROAD CO IMPRINTED LETTER. 10" x 8"  Union Pacific Railroad printed letter, dated August 12th, 1868 concerning the availability of mortgage bonds and the projected timetable and returns of   investments.  Overall VG condition, apparently had been pasted into a book or ledger,  light glue remnants along top edge in back, w/ very light toning along top and side edges to face. (Tr.508); $250.

tr753.jpg (93658 bytes)1865 REPORT OF THE CENTRAL PACIFIC RAILROAD. Reports of the President and Chief Engineer upon Recent Surveys, Progress of Construction, and Estimated Revenue of the Central Pacific Railroad of California. December 1865, 8 5/8" x 5 5/8" , 22pp, string tied wraps. Scarce. Light fold line down center, o/w fine cond, complete. (Tr.533); $225. 

tr503.jpg (41707 bytes)1849 TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROADProceedings of the Friends of a Rail- Road to San Francisco at their Public Meeting, held in Boston April 19, 1949, showing that P. Degands Plan is the only one , as yet proposed, ...of a railroad to California.  9" x 5 3/4" 24 pp wraps, Dutton and Wentworth, Boston,  Printers,1849 sixth edition. Published address of P. Degrand setting forth his plan for a transcontinental railroad. Overall vg condition, string tied wraps (missing back cover) (Tr. 503); $225.

tr504.jpg (26960 bytes)1865 TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD. Central Pacific Railroad. Statement made to the President of the United States and the Secretary of the Interior of the Progress of the Work, Oct 10th, 1865. Sacramento, H.S. Crocker & Co., 9" x 5 1/2", 12 pp string tied, missing wraps. Report by Leland Stanford, detailing the prosecution of the work, difficulties involved, the Chinese labor, future prospects along with statistics of work and material. Scarce. (Tr.504)$450.

tr754.jpg (176468 bytes)1860 PACIFIC RAILROAD REPORTS AND MAP. Lot of four Pacific Railroad Congressional reports, consisting of 72pp, plus fold out map.  String tied wraps, 9 1/2" x 6".
April 13, 1860 Report of Mr. Curtis, from the select committee on the Pacific Railroad, pp 28.
May 9, 1860 Report of Mr. Hamilton Curtis, from the select committee on the Pacific Railroad pp 29-56pp. Laid in , between pp32-32, is the very scarce folded map, 10 1/2" x 16 1/2", of the Practical Rail Road Routes from the Mississippi to the Pacific Ocean .
April 16, 1860 Report of Mr. Aldrich, from the select committee on the Pacific Railroad, pp 57-65.
June 14, 1860 Report of Mr. Curtis, from the select committee on the Pacific Railroad, pp 66-72.

Overall good condition, reports are no longer tied together, some pages have minor edge chipping, back page is soiled and worn. Map is in Good condition. (Tr. 754);$375.


cdv080.jpg (35167 bytes)CDV- CONDUCTOR UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD. Carte de visite . 4 ¼" x 2 ½". Portrait of man in oilcloth slicker holding a railroad lantern. On bottom of mount is pencil id " Union Pacific R.R." No photographer's imprint. Mount trimmed top and bottom, exhibits some minor signs of light wear and use, overall VG-fine cond.. (cdv80); $145.

tr356.jpg (691542 bytes)STOCK CERTIFICATE - SIGNED BY THOMAS DURANT- 1867. Stock certiificate for the Peoria & Bureau Valley Railroad Co. 1867. 6 1/4' x 10". Graphica appealling stock, signed by Thoams Durant. Thomas Clark Durant was an American financier and railroad promoter. He was vice-president of the Union Pacific Railroad  in 1869 when it met with the Central Pacific railroad at Promontory Summit in Utah Territory. He created the financial structure which led to the Crédit Mobilier scandal.He was successful in building railroads in the Midwest, and, after the UP was organized in 1862 by an act of Congress, John A. Dix was elected president and Durant vice president of the company. The burden of management and money raising was assumed by Durant, and, with much money at his disposal, he helped to secure in 1864 the passage of a bill that increased the land grants and privileges of the railroad. He organized and at first controlled the Crédit Mobilier of America, but in 1867 he lost control of the company to Oakes Ames and his brother, Oliver Ames, Jr. Durant, however, continued on the directorate of the Union Pacific and furiously pushed construction of the railroad until it met the Central Pacific RR on May 10, 1869. The Ames group then procured his discharge. Punch cacel affects signature, but not overly obtrusive, overall VG-fine cond.. (tr356); $295.

tr350.jpg (337448 bytes)UNION AND CENTRAL PACIFIC TIMETABLE  1880.  The Great American Over-Land Route", with large color map. Pocket time table with large color map showing the western portion of the first transcontinental railroad, from Council Bluffs and Kansas City and extending west to California.  This first transcontinental line, known as the "Overland Route", was built between 1863 and 1869, when the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific connected at Council Bluffs, and linked up with the existing network to the east, thereby providing rail service for the first time from coast to coast. On May 10, 1869, the famous "Last Spike" was driven at Promontory, Utah, establishing a transportation network which supercharged the economy and migration to the American West.  When the map is folded, one side is devoted to time tables, and the other side to general information. Includes text on the Gold Fields of the Black Hills, also to Denver and Leadville, Colorado. The time table measures  7” x 3 7/8” folded, folding open  21 x 39 wide", with attractive large color map showing the rail lines in black.  Map shows the entire United States as far east as Nova Scotia. The front and back cover panels are both illustrated.  Some separation along fold lines, o/w very good. (Tr.350);SOLD 

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tr351.jpg (787598 bytes)GREAT OVERLAND ROUTE VIA THE CENTRAL PACIFIC RAILROAD 1871 TIMETABLE. Fold out timetable, app 4 x 7 opens to app 13 3/4 x 36". One side has timetabel , and text/ advertisments ;verso has map, and engravings along route. Complete,  though has old scotch tape along many of the fold joints, and has corresponding light acid toning under tape. Despite condition issues, a scarce and graphically appealing timetable.  (Tr.351)SOLD 


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tr346.jpg (1379270 bytes)RAILROAD GAZETTEER - OCT, 1881 Crocker & Co., San Francisco, Cal 8 " x 5 3/4 pictorial wraps. 112pp complete. Large folding map (app 23 x 17). Though these guides were published monthly, somewhat scarce. Basically a guide and advertising booklet, they are highlighted by numerous illustrated advertising for loctions, lodgings, etc along the west coast. Front cover mostly detached, fold out map (ads on the verso) detached, a bit of foxing, overall in VG-Fine cond. (Tr. 346); $600.. 


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tr348.jpg (768386 bytes)CENTRAL PACIFIC RAILROAD  CHECK TO MARK HOPKINS - SIGNED. . Sight draft , 4" x 8 /4"  to the order of Mark Hopkins. Signed on back by Mark Hopkins. Fine cond. (Tr.348); $245..

 ck402.jpg (559722 bytes)UNION PACIFIC RR CHECK 1879. The Union Pacific Railroad Company, Omaha, Nebraska, November 20, 1879, 3 ½ x 9. Attractive check with a vignette of early steam locomotive. Black printing on light buff background with underprint "Union Pacific Railroad Company." Payable to the Cleveland & Pittsburgh Railroad Company. One of the most famous railroads of the American West, the Union Pacific Railroad  was incorporated on July 1, 1862, under an act of Congress entitled Pacific Railroad Act of 1862 approved by President Abraham Lincoln. The line was constructed primarily by Irish labor who had learned their craft during the recent Civil War. Under the guidance of its dominant stockholder Dr. Thomas Clark Durant, the first rails were laid in Omaha. The Union Pacific Railroad  joined the Central Pacific Railroad at the "Golden Spike" ceremony at Promontory Summit, Utah, on May 10, 1869 to form the first transcontinental railroad  across the United States. Coast-to-coast train travel in eight days became possible, replacing months-long sea voyages and lengthy, hazardous travel by wagon trains.(Ck.402); $75. 


ck401.jpg (519486 bytes)CENTRAL PACIFIC RAILROAD CHECK 1883.  The Central Pacific Railroad Company, S.F. Cal, , February 23, 1883, 3 ¾ x 8 1/8. Paid to the Jefferson, Madisonville & Indiana Railway Company. Vignette of early train. The most famous of California's early railroads, the Central Pacific Railroad was authorized by Congress in 1862. It was Planned by Theodore Judah and financed and built by "The Big Four," Sacramento businessmen Leland Stanford,  Collis Huntington,  Charles  Crocker, and Mark Hopkins. Crocker was in charge of construction which began in 1863. Construction crews comprised 12,000 Chinese emigrant workers by 1868, when they constituted eighty percent of the entire work force. The Central Pacific Railroad joined the Union Pacific Railroad at the "Golden Spike" ceremony at Promontory Summit, Utah, on May 10, 1869 to form the first transcontinental railroad  across the United States. Coast-to-coast train travel in eight days became possible, replacing months-long sea voyages and lengthy, hazardous travel by wagon trains..(Ck.401); $75. 




sm056.jpg (218445 bytes)SHEET MUSIC. NEW EXPRESS GALOP. CPRR Sheet music, 13 x 10. 1869 copyright. Very scarce western published music with full page litho of "Cape Horn, Placer Co., Caal and View of the Sierra Nevadas on the Line of the Pacific Railroad"(caption under image.. From bound volume, trimmed , affecting samall amount of text bottom of cover, o/w Fine cond. (Sm56) $450.SOLD



tr528.jpg (155333 bytes)NORTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD. THE CHARTER AND AMENDMENTS. THE GENERAL MORTGAGE ON RAILROAD AND LAND GRANT, AND COPY OF FIRST MORTGAGE BOND. [Philadelphia. ca. 1870]. 2-29, Self-wrappers. Very good. The articles of incorporation of the famed northwest railroad that would later help build the fortune of railroad magnate James J. Hill. Built too quickly, the Northern Pacific traversed poor land and ran on ill- constructed rails. By 1896, the success of James J. Hill's Great Northern allowed Hill and his associated to buy the Northern Pacific and merge it with the Great Northern. Throughout the remaining industrial revolution and into the early 20th century, the Great Northern was the main transporter of lumber, coal, and taconite loads from their sources to St. Paul and Minneapolis, where they would continue east or be shipped by barge down the Mississippi. (Tr. 528); $175

tr529.jpg (196642 bytes)NORTHERN PACIFIC RR. The Northern Pacific Railroad; Its Route, Resources, Progress and Business. the New Northwest and Its Great Throughfare . Ca 1871,  8vo. 9" x 5-5/8". Printed wrappers, with a map on back.  Issued by Jay Cooke & Co., Financial Agents of the Northern Pacific, Philadelphia. Some pencil notations front cover, overall Very Good. (Tr. 529); $195.

In July 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed an Act of Congress creating the Northern Pacific Railroad Company. This monumental undertaking was envisioned to have its eastern terminus at the western extent of Lake Superior and its western terminus at Puget Sound, with much of its route following that of the Lewis & Clark expedition of 1804-1806. However, financing the new railroad was problematic, and it was not until 1870 that groundbreaking took place near Duluth, MN. The route wasn't completed until over a decade later, with the famed driving of the 'last spike by Ulysses S. Grant on 8 September 1883. This piece, which provides valuable historical data as to the route & conditions of construction, issued in an effort to raise more capital funding via Land Grant Gold Bonds, touted as "...a Profitable and perfectly Safe investment..."

sv053.jpg (77621 bytes)STEREO - N.P.R.R WORKSHOPS AT BRAINERD MINN LOCOMOTIVE. Stereo view, 3 1/2"" x 7"; yellow mount. Ca. 1870s "Views along the line of the Northern Pacific Railroad" imprinted on mount. Manuscript id on back Workshops N.P.R.R at Brainerd Minn:.Stereos of Minnesota & Dakota, photographed by Illingworth, published by Flower & Hawkins. Possibly a tad light, o/w VG+ condition. (Sv53); $145.


sv004.jpg (177285 bytes)STEREO - N.P.R.R OBSERVATION CAR - HAYNES  Stereo view, 4"" x 7"; yellow mount. Ca. 1880s "Neg. No. 31 N.P. Observation Car" period pen manuscript id on verso. F. Jay Haynes. .This car was used by the Worcester Hunting Club, supposedly the first club to allow women. Note the dead game hanging from the car.Some minor soiling , wear and very light foxing, overall Fine condition. (Sv53); $325.


tr347.jpg (788452 bytes)PACIFIC RAILROAD ADVERTISING BROCHURE WITH MAP. . 7" x 4 1/4" brochure for the PAcific Railroad of Missouri. Fo;lds to 8 1/2" x 14" , maps of Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas a. Not dated, ca. 1870s. A bit of foxing, o/w Fine cond. (Tr. 347); SOLD 


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tr340.jpg (825164 bytes)RAILROAD – BURLINGTON & MISSOURI RIVER RR CO IN NEBRASKA LAND CONTRACT. 1871. General Land Office, Lincoln Nebraska, Nov 26, 1871. 16 ¼” x 10 ½”. One sheet, two sided part imprinted, Agreement from Land Dept of the Burlington & Missouri River RR Co. in Nebraska for sale of land. Light original fold lines, light vertical crease left side, some expected light soiling and wear, overall VG- Fine. (Tr340); $225.



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tr341.jpg (787382 bytes)RAILROAD – BURLINGTON & MISSOURI RIVER RR CO IN NEBRASKA LAND CONTRACT. 1871. General Land Office, Lincoln Nebraska, Nov 08, 1871. 16 ¼” x 10 ½”. One sheet, two sided part imprinted, Agreement from Land Dept of the Burlington & Missouri River RR Co. in Nebraska for sale of land. Light original fold lines, light vertical crease,a bit of age toning top center, along with some expected light soiling and wear, overall VG- Fine. (Tr341); $200.



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   Because the Burlington & Missouri River Railroad’s land grant request came several years after the Union Pacific’s, some land along its proposed route had already been spoken for, it was allowed to choose 10 sections of land per mile on each side of its route in odd numbered sections but not necessarily adjacent to its right of way. This meant the Burlington chose land as much as 150 miles distant from its tracks. The Burlington began selling this land in 1870 at a minimum of $4 per acre and mostly on 10-year contracts. In Lancaster County, the Burlington ultimately sold 33,000 acres of land for $4 to $10 an acre and averaged $6. By the end of 1873 it had sold 750,000 acres of land for just over $2 million. The Legislature authorized creation of the Board of Immigration in 1870 to encourage settlement in Nebraska with promotion both in the U.S. and Europe. The railroads then began advertising their land worldwide, often also sending lecturers, printing millions of maps and brochures and aiding in the formation of settlement colonies. Being true promoters, they used some colorful  language, to say the least. The Burlington promoted “a farm for every 80” -- which mean that the railroad felt every 80-acre tract should and could support a ranch or farm --  while one ad described Nebraska as immune “from the extreme cold and long winters of the north and the hot, relaxing influences of the south.” The railroads also hired prominent agriculturists, such as C.D. Wilber, to discount any perceived negatives, such as  drought, and promote the theory that “rain follows the plow.” To implement and aid in land sales, the Burlington established the Lincoln Land Co. and South Platte Land Co. Where the railroad preceded settlement, it often set up sidings for water and fuel as well as freight handling and depots, and developed towns about every seven to 10 miles along their routes. Thus many of Nebraska’s small towns were established by the railroads partially for their own benefit.




tr603.jpg (353916 bytes)RAILROAD – BURLINGTON & MISSOURI RIVER RR CO IN NEBRASKA FREIGHT TARIFF NOTICE. 11 ½ x 7 ½ one sheet green. Feb. 1st, 1881. Small scrap in word freight affecting the letter R, a bit of soiling at letter F, o/w Fine condition. (Tr603); 75.





tr601.jpg (1003643 bytes)RAILROAD – JOINT FREIGHT TARIFF – OMAHA & SOUTH- WESTERN AND BURLINGTON & MISSOURI RIVER RR CO IN NEBRASKA. 1871. 12 ½ x 8 ½ one sheet, two sided, Nov 12,1871. Has chipping and missing corners at bottom, some other light wear and soiling, o/w VG condition. (Tr601); 75.eb








tr606.jpg (1227062 bytes)RAILROAD – JOINT FREIGHT TARIFF – BURLINGTON & MISSOURI RIVER RR CO IN NEBRASKA AND CHICAGO BURLINGTON AND QUINCY RR. 1880. 13 x 8  one sheet, one sided, light cream, Oct 23, 1880.   Has chipping and missing b/l corner,a few repaired tears,  some other light wear and soiling, o/w Gd condition. (Tr606); 45.eb




w548.jpg (85800 bytes)SAPPINGTON AND PONY STAGE LINE WAYBILL. 1890s Waybill, 7 1/2" x 11".  From Pony to Sappington, Montana. Manuscript entries list packages/ passengers,  destination, etc.  Has remnants on back of having been adhered to another paper, a few small holes , some random pen marks on top, overall VG. (W.548);$115.

w547.jpg (68417 bytes)PHILIPSBURG & BLACK PINE STAGE LINE WAYBILL. Black Pine, Montana, 1892. 7" x 8 1/2" .  Manuscript entries list hauling material ( Bullion, lumber, scrap iron, etc. Exhibits some moisture  cockling of paper, moderate use,  a few small holes , overall VG (W.547);$95.

w543.jpg (157900 bytes)VIRGINIA CITY AND RED BLUFF STAGE COMPANY WAYBILL. Virginia City, Montana, 1896. 17" x 11" .  Manuscript entries list names, destination, etc. VG- Fine condition (W.543);$65.



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