The Pacific Tourist. Williams' Illustrated Trans-Continental Guide of Travel, from The Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. Containing Full Descriptions of Railroad Routes Across...Cover title: Williams' Pacific Tourist and Guide Across the Continent

Price: 175.00 USD

New York: Henry T. Williams, 1876. Black and white full page and in-text wood engravings, 293pp, 9 1/4 x 7 inches, gilt lettered cloth covered wrappers (softbound). Covers worn with soiling, creases, tears to head and tail of spine; page corners bumped on first and last dozen pages, occasional light pencil notations, some light soiling and edge tears; overall good condition. "A Complete Traveler's Guide of The Union and Central Pacific Railroads". The preface states that "This volume represents over nine months' actual time spent in personal travel - over 2,500 miles - getting with faithfulness all possible facts of interest and the latest information. Over 40 artists, engravers and correspondents have been employed, and the whole represents an outlay of nearly $20,000: thus making it not only the most elaborate, but the costliest and handsomest Guide Book in the world." The book commences with a chapter on The Pacific Railroad, "America's Greatest Wonder," and then goes on to provide information on towns and sights in: "California, Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, Montana, the mines and mining of the territories, the lands of the Pacific Coast..." etc etc featuring information on "Pleasure Resorts and Places of Most Noted Scenery in the Far West, All Cities, Towns, Villages, U.S. Forts, Springs, Lakes, Mountains, Routes of Summer Travel, Best Localities for Hunting, Fishing, Sporting." A fascinating glimpse of the American West at the moment that railroad links from the East Coast were making it a tourist, as well as a settlement, destination.

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