Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History
Missouri Pacific Railway Map and Timetable, 1883.
"May 1st, 1883 Missouri Pacific Railway Map and Timetable. One side is a
color map with ads and information and the other side has the many timetables
departures and connections. The title of the map is 'Map of the South West Railway
System. Missouri Pacific Ry. Central Branch U.P. R.R. Missouri,
Kansas & Texas Ry. Texas and Pacific Ry. St. Louis, Iron Mount'n [mountain]
and Southern Ry. International and Great Northern Ry. and their connections.'
When unfolded the map measures 28 3/8" x 16 1/4", and is 8 panels over two
panels. The map consists of four different colors and covers the entire Old West
well as most of the United States. The left hand of the map side is an advertisement
for 'The Countess and the Duchess are the names of the new Buffet
Parlor Cars Just Completed by the Pullman Car Co. for the Missouri Pacific Railway,
Only Cars of the Kind in the United States.' It goes on the describe
the cars in detail, such as being 65 feet long and 9 feet 8 inches wide, 27 large
comfortable chairs, toilet rooms, smoking room, satin curtains, large plate
glass windows, and 'Each car will be in charge of a conductor, and provisions
will be served by colored attendants.' Some of the perks will
be coffee, tea, light lunches, cigars, etc. At the bottom left it boasts 'Missouri
Pacific Railway is the Best and Most Completely Equipped Line to the West'.
It reads as though this was the best railroad one could possibly travel to the
west on, even to California. North and South Dakota are just one territory, and
is called Indian Territory. On the other side of the map are divided panels of
timetables for the various routes. Some of the other Railways mentioned are the
& Wichita R.R., the Union Pacific Railway, Central Pacific and Union Pacific
Railroad, Southern Pacific and A., T. & S.F. R.R, Fort Scott and Gulf R.R.,
plus many others."
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