1906 · [New York
[New York, 1906. Good.. Folding map, 29 x 26.75 inches. One sizable split along fold line; a couple of areas of minor loss at fold points; one corner with light biopredation. Light dust soiling and tanning. Scarce color printed map of rail lines with extensive timetables of the Mexican Central Railway, built during the Central American rail boom of the late 19th century. After the completion of the Transcontinental Railway in the United States, major railroad barons turned their attention to Mexico and Central America. The Mexican Central was funded by the principal investors of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad in an endeavor to connect their lines in the western United States with Latin America, and was part of a larger interest in constructing a Pan-American Railroad. This map shows the extent of the Mexican Central lines in 1906, the same year that the railroad was nationalized by the Mexican government, as well as its connections to American rail and steamer lines. At the head of the map are three photographic illustrations of tourist sites, as well as a short promotional text. The verso prints extensive timetables, additional tourist travel information, and short descriptions of towns and points of interest along the routes. This issue of the map advertises a new sleeper service from St. Louis to Mexico City via Eagle Pass and Torreon. We locate two copies of this issue, at the University of Arizona and the University of Texas.
(Inventory #: 1094)