Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Identify all the major railroads

I am a seventh grade United States History teacher at a middle school who is trying to identify all the major railroads in the United States in the 1860s to 1890s. This is proving to be a daunting task.

I am impressed with many of the maps you have on your website. ...

Christopher Etchechury, M.ED
Social Studies Subject Area Lead Teacher
Sterling Middle School


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

For high resolution 19th century railroad map images suitable for printing, the best source on-line is the Library of Congress website. To use their amazing collection effectively, you need to be able to display and print large maps downloaded in the MrSID format. Follow the MrSID link on their website, or if you are using a Macintosh, the program GraphicConverter now handles MrSID images.

The CPRR Museum's maps page provides numerous links to on-line Library of Congress maps.

However, maps are not the best source for the information that you are seeking — much better would be a 19th century Rail Guide.

6/14/2005 9:20 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

The "General Index of Railroads" that begins on page 9 of the "Travelers' Official Railway Guide for the United States and Canada," June, 1870, provides a list of all of the major railroads.

6/16/2005 7:58 PM  

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