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Map of the Southern Pacific Railroad and Connections June 1875.

  • ARTIST: F. Newbery

  • PUBLISHER: No publisher's name given but likely the Southern Pacific Railroad Company.

  • MEDIUM: Chromolithograph,

    DATE: 1875

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 14 x 12 1/4" (35.5 x 31 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: A rare promotional map for the Southern Pacific Railroad. <br><br> This map was published more than a year before the line was completed and is the earliest known map focused on the general lines of the Southern Pacific Railroad. The line between Los Angeles and San Francisco was not completed until September 5, 1876. The map is great rarity. OCLC lists a single copy in the collection of UC Santa Barbara. The Huntington holds an 1877 Broadside published in Omaha which includes this map as in inset. In 1865, a group of businessmen in San Francisco, California, led by Timothy Phelps, founded the Southern Pacific Railroad to build a rail connection between San Francisco and San Diego. In September 1868, Charles Crocker, Leland Stanford, Mark Hopkins and Collis Huntington purchased the SPRR and merged it with the CPRR. In November 8, 1874, the SPRR tracks had reached Bakersfield and work was commenced on the Tehachapi Loop. By September 5, 1876, the first train from San Francisco arrived in Los Angeles, California after traveling over the newly completed Tehachapi Loop. It would be another year before the line reached Yuma, Arizona, as noted on the map. The controlling members of the Southern Pacific had varying interests in the development of the line to the south. Leland Stanford wanted the line to extend to Los Angeles, with a terminus in Santa Monica, and even built a huge Railroad pier to accommodate it arrival. Stanford pressured Crocker and others for that outcome. Crocker's interests were San Francisco based and centered on the Central Pacific and the transcontinental route. The USPRR had proposed a line that was over Warners Pass and ended about mid way between San Diego and Los Angeles with spurs in either direction. Crocker and Stanford killed the plan and redrew the line so it went from Yuma up the line through Palm Springs etc, cutting off San Diego. The credit on the map is to F.T. Newbery, who prepared several other maps for the Union Pacific in the 1880s. Other items published by Newbery were credited by OCLC as having been published in Omaha and San Francisco.


  • CONDITION: Good condition save for some rodent damage in upper right margin.


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