Skeleton Map of the Union Pacific Railway. Union Pacific Railroad Company.

Skeleton Map of the Union Pacific Railway.

Buffalo, NY: Matthews, Northrup & Co. Art Printing Works, [c. 1886]. 9” x 26.5” including printed border, plus margins. Broadside text on verso visible through recent Japanese tissue backing.

An appealing pictorial map of the Union Pacific Railway, embellished with a variety of vignette illustrations of notable attractions, activities, etc. associated with the American west.

The map depicts the route of the Union Pacific Railway from Council Bluffs, Iowa to California and Portland, Oregon, with various spurs depicted as well. Dubbed “the most popular trans-continental line,” a multitude of train stops are indicated by white circles along the route. A topographical profile extends across the bottom identifying western towns and mountains (with elevation figures), and providing information on geology, agriculture, animal populations, distance from Omaha, etc. Vignettes of various landmarks and western scenes depict the Geysers and Falls of Yellowstone; the cornfields of Nebraska; Salt Lake City; teepees; a cowboy; Mount Hood, and so on. Also illustrated are such activities as fishing, hiking, bathing, mining, etc. One pair of vignettes illustrates the “The New Way” and “The Old Way,” the former depicting a train steaming along, and the latter illustrating a horse-drawn mail wagon in rough terrain.

CONDITION: Good, original folds, some wear with restorations along central vertical fold, occasional light soiling, reinforced on verso with Japanese tissue.

Item #7061