Thursday, November 29, 2018

Federal Document of the Month

The SD State Library is a federal depository library and provides access to print and electronic federal government publications. Print publications are available via interlibrary loan. Electronic publications are linked from the state library online catalog.

The railroad was a growing connection from east to west. On page 40-41 of Railroad Maps of North America: the First Hundred Years, a proposed Northern Route for a Railroad to the Pacific 1853 has a future South Dakota included in the Missouri Territory.

map of proposed Northern Route for a Railroad to the Pacific 1853, featuring Missouri Territory (including future South Dakota)


In 1883, a Northern Pacific Railroad map shows the one state, Dakota. Note cover of the book below.

LC 5.2:R 13/2 Railroad Maps of North America: the First Hundred Years
The Northern Pacific Railroad map “was designed to attract settlers to the area along the line and in the northwest. It advertises homes, farms, and grazing land for sale. “- excerpt pg. 90.

Railroad Maps of North America: the First Hundred Years is not available online. To view a similar collection of railroad maps from 1828 to 1900, visit the following link: https://www.loc.gov/collections/railroad-maps-1828-to-1900/?fa=subject:united+states