New York: Brown & Hewitt, March 1, 1870. "Nearly all the Iowa railroads now building run east and west, and the traveler wishing to go from any part of Northern or Southern Iowa in an opposite north or south direction, is compelled to go across the country by stage, or make a long detour into Illinois ... A glance at the map will show the absolute necessity for at least one central railroad line to bisect a state that is 350 miles long from east to west" (p9).
Officers of the railroad are listed inside the front wrapper, with Charles Gilman, president. Directors listed below include 2 from New York: W. Wheelock President Central National Bank, New York and J. Donaldson, President Bank of North America, New York. With a double page map of the route, with boundaries of Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Illinois outlined in yellow. With information on natural resources, economic potential, business prospects of the line (including notes on the "peculiar features of Monroe, Mahaska, Poweshiek and Marshall counties), grain markets and movements, and information on the first mortgage bonds. 8vo, 32pp, original printed wrappers, with title in black at front wrapper. Not in Sabin. OCLC 124093115. Very good condition. Item #19641