St. Louis: Jno. McKittrick & Co., [ca. 1880]. Broadside, 21 x 6 1/2 inches. Old center horizontal fold, small chip to left edge, slight wrinkling. Very good. Matted and shrinkwrapped. Item #WRCAM55682
An attractive broadside promotional for the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railway, with a large engraving in the center depicting the route from St. Louis, through Arkansas and into Texas, beneath a train wheel bearing wings about which the motto "Bound for the happy lands" appears, all in the center of a circle of stars. A schedule of ticket costs for various routes is included, as well as a pitch directed at homesteaders regarding the purchase of government lands. The names of three land agents are listed at bottom - one in Missouri, one in Illinois, and one in Arkansas. The railway touts their "large grant of lands from the United States Government, embracing all varieties of soil and timber adapted to Farming, Fruit Growing and Grazing purposes....Immigrants can locate on railroad land in well improved neighborhoods, having Roads, Mills, Churches and Schools, and peopled by honest and industrious citizens, who will give a cordial welcome to all good people coming among them." Only six copies in OCLC spread over four records, located at Yale, SMU, Michigan, the University of Texas at Arlington, Truman State, and the University of Missouri at St. Louis. OCLC 22160865, 166641127, 702349761, 761878887.