Item #8089 Take One…Going to Denver…The Great Burlington Route…. Burlington Chicago, Quincy Railroad Co.
Take One…Going to Denver…The Great Burlington Route…

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Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Co.

Take One…Going to Denver…The Great Burlington Route…

Chicago: Miller & Umbdenstock, Printers, [ca. 1880]. Chromolithographic broadsheet, 24” x 5.75”, printed in red, yellow, green and blue. CONDITION: Very good, 1.25” at top margin, no losses to the text.

An unrecorded and colorful broadsheet promoting the Burlington Route of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad and associated western destinations.

Exhorting viewers to read the text “carefully, especially if you contemplate a trip to any point west, northwest or southwest,” this broadside provides information on route options for those traveling to Denver (by way of Kansas City), Kansas City, San Francisco, Dakota, and Texas. Those seeking to visit any of the “famous mining regions” of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, “Old Mexico,” Montana, or Idaho are advised to buy tickets on the Burlington Route (BR). Those desirous of buying a home in the West are reminded that the BR leads directly to “the heart of all the fertile and desirable lands, both government and railroad, in Southern Iowa, Northern Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Oregon and Texas. Cheap round-trip “land exploring tickets” are advertised. Interested parties seeking more information are advised to apply for maps, lands circulars, freight rates, and more. It is noted that the BR is the route for the stock-raiser, the sportsman, the fortune-hunter, the businessman, the tourist, the artist, and the invalid. The names of a number of traveling and passenger agents in a range of states are provided. 

The verso map, entitled Map and Train of the ‘Burlington Route, spans from Chicago in the east to the Black Hills in the west and from St. Paul in the north to Missouri in the south. The rail route reaches from Chicago to Denver and is seen connecting with a number of other railroads. Numerous stops along the line are identified. Four illustrations show the interior of the C. B. & Q.’s plush dining cars (“strictly first-class meals only 75 cts”); the railroad’s smoking cars for first-class passengers; a parlor car with reclining chairs, and one of the Pullman sleeping cars.

The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Co. was founded in 1859 by John M. Forbes, who merged several smaller midwestern railroads. The railroad grew until it extended from the Great Lakes to the Rocky Mountains. In 1901, James J. Hill bought control and sought to combine the railroad with both his Great Northern Railway and J. P. Morgan’s Northern Pacific Railway. However, in 1904 the U.S. Supreme Court, in the Northern Securities case, declared the scheme illegal under the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. In 1970, the railroad merged with the Northern Pacific Railway and the Great Northern Railway to form the Burlington Northern Railroad.

M. Umbdenstock was in partnership with Henry Miller and William Wagner from 1879 to 1883 and then conducted business under the name of Globe Lithographing Co. until 1895.

No copies recorded in OCLC. 

REFERENCES: Last, Jay. The Color Explosion: Nineteenth-Century American Lithography (Santa Ana, CA, 2005), p. 234; “Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Company at Britannica online.

Item #8089

Price: $950.00

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