Washington [D.C.]: Government Printing Office, 1869. First Edition. Wraps. 8vo; 31pp; pale green wrapper with title on front cover; original string binding; ink ownership to front wrapper; folded map attached to back inside wrapper; creasing and chipping to wrapper and page corners, chipping and split at spine; light sunning and some soiling to the front wrapper, binding tight; good plus.
Map: GORLINSKI, Joseph. The Great Railroad Routes to the Pacific and Their Connections, 1869, American Photo-Lithographic Co., No date .
16 1/8” x 29”, and 27 5/8” x 14 1/8” within the neat line; ½” closed tear on left map margin where attached to wrapper, extending through the neat line; very good. Good +. Item #129
The Senate committee suggested the building at least two new rail lines, one Northern and one Southern, arguing two were needed to promote commerce. They also argued that the lines were necessary for communication, for the military, and to “settle the Indian question” “They can only be permanently conquered by railroad”.