Lot 179: Map of 1st California Railroad line 1854

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Lot 179: Author: Judah, Theodore Dehone Title: Map of the Sacramento Valley Railroad from the City of Sacramento to the crossing of American River at Negro Bar, Sac. Co. Place Published: San Francisco Publisher: B.F. Butler Lith. Date Published: Sept. 16th 1854 Description: Lithographed map. 68x43.5 cm (26?x17 ?"). Rare and apparently separately issued map of the gold region along the American River from Sutterville to Mormon Island. Copies of the map seem to have been present in some issues of a pamphlet by Judah, "Report of the Chief Engineer of the Preliminary Surveys and Future Business of the Sacramento Valley Railroad," Sacramento, 1854, but the present example, though with folds, does not show signs that it was bound in covers or with text. The map shows the projected line of what was to be the first railroad in California (and indeed west of the Mississippi), promising not only wealth to investors but also an improved and expeditious route for prospectors and freight headed to and from the gold fields. Construction began in February of 1855, with completion a year later. The railroad operated independently for the next decade, when it was purchased by the Central Pacific Railroad. Judah became chief engineer for the CPRR, and surveyed the route through the Sierra Nevada, though failing to live to see the completion of the transcontinental railroad. Old folds with light stain along central horizontal fold, a bit of darkening in places and a few fox spits; very good. Provenance: Harrison, 5/93. PBA Galleries' Rare Cartography, Exploration & Voyages Thursday, 3rd December 2015 Estimate: $1500-2500
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