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Books On-Line relating to the
First Transcontinental Railroad
for on-line books available to actually
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the same subject:
Samuel. The Pacific railroad–open. How to go: what to see. Boston,
Fields, Osgood & Co, 1869.
J. Ross. Resources of the Pacific slope. A.S. Taylor, 1869.
Party (U.S.). The campaign text book. 1876.
Titus Fey. The natural wealth of California. San Francisco, H. H. Hancroft
& Co., 1868.
Frank (Mrs.) California. A pleasure trip from Gotham to the Golden
gate. New York, G. W. Carleton & Co., 1877.
Charles. California: for health, pleasure, and residence. A book
for travellers and settlers. New York, Harper & Brothers, 1873.[Also
available at the Library of Congress]
George W. Beyond the West; containing an account of two years' travel
in the other half of our great continent far beyond the old West, on the
plains, in the Rocky mountains, and picturesque parks of Colorado. Also,
characteristic features of New Mexico, Arizona, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho
... Oregon, Utah, Nevada, and ... California, the end of the West ... the
great continental railroad, together with the ... most wonderful natural
scenery in the world ... Buffalo, N.Y., Baker, Jones & Co., 1873.
W. Fraser. Westward by rail: the new route to the East. New
York, D. Appleton & Company, 1871.
Howard. An Expedition to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake of Utah.
1855. [Note: Two very large maps are found in a scarce second atlas volume
or even much less commonly may be bound in at the back of a single volume
edition. The superb maps were drawn by J. W. Gunnison and Charles Preuss
and engraved by Ackerman: Map of the Great Salt Lake and Adjacent Country;
Map of Reconnoissance Between Salt Lake Valley and Fort Levenworth.]
Pacific Railroad Company. Progress of the Union Pacific railroad
west from Omaha, Nebraska, across the continent, making, with its connections,
an unbroken line from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. UPRR, New
States. Army. Corps of Topographical Engineers. Exploration and survey
of the valley of the Great Salt Lake of Utah. Philadelphia, Lippincott,
Grambo & Co., 1852.
States. War Dept. Reports of explorations and surveys, to ascertain
the most practicable and economical route for a railroad from the Mississippi
River to the Pacific Ocean. A. O. P. Nicholson, Washington, D.C.,
1855. ("The Pacific Railroad Surveys" in 12 volumes with maps and colored
of Contents Courtesy Library of Congress; Book Illustration
Pichette, Vortex Books.)
Published by the Federal Government, these reports provide
the single most important contemporary source of knowledge for the geography
of the West. Their value is greatly enhanced by approximately 650
plates, maps and tables, many of them hand coloured, depicting scenery,
native inhabitants, fossils, archaeology, flora and fauna. There
are for example, 36 hand-colored plates of birds alone. The result
of reconnaissance surveys of possible routes for the Pacific Railroad,
the reports represent the first attempt at a comprehensive, systematic
geographical exploration of the Western regions, and made possible the
first reasonably accurate topographical map of the West. Of the eleven
illustrators involved in the various expeditions, the most prominent is
John M. Stanley who is represented by more plates than any of the other
artists. Quarto, 12 volumes. Description by Peter Harrington.
Jack Petree / Tom McAloon (Ed.) Ingersoll-Rand.
Henry T. The Pacific tourist. New York, H. T. Williams, 1876.
fabulous railroad guidebook with wonderful engravings!) Click
here for contents and engravings.
mode (OCR versions available - uncorrected text).
Courtesy Making of America, University of Michigan
Also see the Making
of America, Cornell University Digital Library's
including Scribner's Magazine Railroad
19th Century Journal Articles.
Information about USA
Journals and Newspapers.
Atlantic to the Pacific: What to See, and How to See It." by John Erastus
Lester, 1873. Courtesy The
Journey from New York to San Francisco ... : Ch.
34. Railroad to the Pacific." by Horace Greeley, 1859. Courtesy The
CPRR Museum on-line articles and books
Also see John
Mark Ockerbloom's On-Line Books Page at the University of Pennsylvania
and Books About
Also see Books-On-Line which
includes a list of On-line
books about Western U.S. History and Railroad
Also see Digital
Book Index - books
online - surveys - railroads - plains - rockies - far
Also see California
Genealogy and History Books Online
Also see the Library of
as I Saw It:" First-Person Narratives of California's Early Years, 1849-1900
Also see additional Central
Pacific Railroad related historic books available
online via the Google
Library Project. [Search]
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