America Transformed: In 1864, Congress authorized the Northern Pacific Railway Company to construct a northern transcontinental route extending from Minnesota to Washington state. Construction began in 1870, but financial problems hindered progress. Additionally, Native people were aware of the correlation between constructing railroads and the influx of settlers into their homelands and resisted the continued encroachment onto their land. The route was completed in 1883. Rand McNally, a major publisher of railroad maps, printed this map of the main route and tributary routes in the mid-1880s. An alphabetical index identifies the numerous towns and stations serviced by the Northern Pacific and its associated network.
Shows national, state, and provincial boundaries, railroads, cities and towns, drainage, etc.
Prime meridians: Washington and Greenwich.
Relief shown by hachures.
Includes index: Shippers' guide to all points on and contiguous to the Northern Pacific Railroad, its branches and connecting lines.
This date is inferred.
Exhibited: "America Transformed. Part 2: Homesteads to Modern Cities," organized by the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library, 2019-2020.