Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Lands that were for Sale After Construction

... do you have information on lands that were on sale for settlement after the construction of the Railroad and the advantages living in those lands? This is for a group assignment. I have searched but have been unsuccessful. Your site is really great and extensive. ...

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Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

For information about railroad lands, see:

"Williams' Pacific Tourist." 1876:
Page 282 - Advertisement:  Rich Farming Land on the Line of the Union Pacific Railroad!
Page 283 - Advertisement:  Ho! For California!!!  The Laborer's Paradise!
Page 284 - Advertisement:  Choice of 9,000,000 acres ... in Southern California ... Along the Route of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company

"Land-grant maps, which were published for many years, were frequently used by land speculators to advertise railroad lands for sale to the public. As early as 1868 most western railroads established profitable land departments and bureaus of immigration, with offices in Europe, to sell land and promote foreign settlement in the western United States."
Modelski, 1975.

" ... Government Land Grants under the Pacific Railroad Act of 1862 ... "

"WHERE TO EMIGRATE, AND WHY." by FREDERICK R. GODDARD, PHILADELPHIA, 1869.

CPRR Land Surveyor's Map, c. 1898 and the description at the bottom of the page of "California Guide Book. The Lands of the Central Pacific and Southern Pacific Railroad Companies. Homes for All in California, Nevada and Utah. Geography, Climate, Soil and Productions. Advantages for Settlement." San Francisco. c. 1882.

Central Pacific Railroad Land Map, 1924

CPRR Lands

Railroad Land Grants in California from a People's Independent Party map of 1875

9/07/2005 9:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agriculture is still a boom to state."
Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor:


"In Images of America: Loomis, a 2009 Loomis Basin Historical Society publication, editor Beth Nute Enright writes about the emergence of fruit ranching that followed the gold rush and the arrival of the Central Pacific Railroad to Loomis in 1864, when 'peaches, pears, plums, grapes, persimmons, strawberries, cherries, Asian pears and olives thrived.' Today, Placer County grows most of the same produce, as well as a new mix of important crops, including mandarins."

3/18/2011 11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Redding, California was named in 1872 for Benjamin B. Redding who was in 1864 the first land agent of the Central Pacific Railroad.

3/06/2012 4:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: Birmingham Land surveyors

This post has helped me to have another perspective. I am researching this topic for a paper I am writing. Your article provided me great insight of my topic. Thanks for it ...

2/06/2013 10:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much land could people buy from the railroad and for how much?

10/31/2016 11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"28. DAVIS, O. F. [LAND COMMISSIONER, OMAHA, NEB.]. GUIDE TO THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD LANDS. 12,000,000 ACRES. 3,000,000
ACRES IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN NEBRASKA NOW FOR SALE. Omaha: Land Department Union Pacific Railroad Company, 1876. First edition. 8vo. 8 3/4" X 5 3/4" pictorial wrappers with map on back cover, 32 pp., introduction, illustrated, maps. Two folding maps. One is of the Union Pacific Railroad (6" x 18 1/2") its connections and land grant..The other map (7 5/8" x 22") is a map of the Union Pacific Railroad land in Nebraska East of Range 42 West of the 6th P. M., 1876.The rear cover features a map of the United States and the Union Pacific and its connections. The land grant comprises central Nebraska, southern Wyoming, and northern Colorado and Utah. Description, advantages, water resources, climate, soil, live stock raising, farming, markets, timber, minerals, information about homesteads, advantages of living in colonies, etc. ... two folding maps ... Both Adams' Herd and Graff list similar titles but different years and claim their listings to be 'rare.' $2,750.00 (43977)"

"34. LAND DEPARTMENT, UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPANY. GUIDE TO THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD LANDS. 12,000,000 ACRES. BEST FARMING AND MINERAL LANDS IN AMERICA, FOR SALE BY THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPANY, IN TRACTS TO SUIT PURCHASERS AND AT LOW PRICES. Omaha: Land Department Union Pacific Railroad Company, 1870. First edition. 8vo. 8 3/4" X 5 3/4" printed wrappers with map on back cover, 44 pp., introduction, illustrated, maps. The rear cover features a map of portions of Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, and Iowa. States where land grant bonds are available from the Union Pacific Railroad Company. The frontispiece is a map of the United States that shows the Union Pacific Railroad and its connections. A third map shows counties in Nebraska in 1870, and the Union Pacific Railroad lands, first 200 miles, grants of 1862-64. A description of the Nebraska lands are provided county by county. The available lands are contained in alternate sections of one square mile each, within a breadth of twenty miles on either side of the railroad and extend along the entire line. They extend through central Nebraska, southern Wyoming, and northern Colorado and Utah, and include within their limits the splendid agricultural lands of the Platte Valley, the great
natural pastures of the Laramie Plains and the valleys of Lodge Pole Creek and Bear River, and the rich iron and coal fields between the Black Hills and the Wahsatch Mountains. Description, advantages, water resources, climate, soil, live stock raising, farming, markets, timber, minerals, information about homesteads, advantages of living in colonies, etc. Both Adams' Herd and Graff list similar titles but different years and claim their listings to be 'rare.' ... $2,750.00 (44035)"

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1/08/2019 1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: "J Kearney" pepperdog@mindspring.com
Subject: Railroad land advertisements in Ireland and England

This is a rather general railroad question. Several of my ancestors came to Minnesota from Ireland and worked on the railroad…. About a dozen relatives in total… including in-laws. One started out on the railroad and then became a farmer. I seem to recall reading something years ago about the railroads using land as an inducement to come to the US to work the railroad. I am trying to confirm that this is the case. Also, given that so many relatives came to Minnesota within a few years of each other and all worked for the railroad… I wanted to confirm that the railroad companies ran advertisements in places like Ireland and England (where Irish had relocated to during the famines). Am I correct on one or both of these points? ...

—J Kearney

3/18/2019 4:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See,

land advertisements

land sales

3/18/2019 4:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sale of railroad lands to immigrants was advertised in the 19th century in the United States. Not sure about advertisements in Europe.

3/18/2019 4:47 PM  

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