Map Publishing Firms - Railroad Maps, 1828-1900 - Digital Collections
Perhaps 30 percent of the commercially produced railroad maps were published by the New York City publishing house established by Joseph Hutchins Colton in 1831. This firm was known the world over for the quality, quantity, and variety of its publications, including maps, atlases, and school geographies. Henry Varnum Poor, in the introduction to his History of the Railroads and Canals of the United ...
The Growth of Mapping - Railroad Maps, 1828-1900 - Digital Collections
The wealth of data derived from the Pacific surveys stimulated cartographic activities. The data used in compiling twenty-two large individual maps published with the thirteen handsomely illustrated volumes of the Pacific Railroad Surveys,for example, was the basic source material for Lt. Gouverneur Kemble Warren's
The Transcontinental Railroad - Railroad Maps, 1828-1900 - Digital Collections
The possibility of railroads connecting the Atlantic and Pacific coasts was discussed in the Congress even before the treaty with England which settled the question of the Oregon boundary in 1846. Chief promoter of a transcontinental railroad was Asa Whitney, a New York merchant active in the China trade who was obsessed with the idea of a railroad to the Pacific. In January 1845 ...