The “Burlington Route”


A letter of recommendation on CB&Q stationary.

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This fascinating piece of late 19th century ephemera originated as a piece of cartographic stationery from the Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy Railroad. One side shows the network of rail lines extending from Chicago to Colorado and Wyoming, with accompanying text along the bottom further highlighting the number of major centers served by the lines.

Published as the same year as the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, it’s not surprising the company would want to highlight the vast accessibility of its rail network across the Midwest. The verso shows a sheet with CB&Q letterhead, along with a manuscript letter dated November 22, 1893. The contents are a letter of recommendation for the work of F.H. Salisbury, though the identity of the author is illegible.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1893

Author: Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad

Sheet Width (in): 10.60

Sheet Height (in): 8.2

Condition: A-

Condition Description: A bit of light smudging in the lower margin and some creasing along former fold lines. Old ink manuscript letter on the verso with printed letterhead. Very good overall.


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