Cedar Rapids: . Broadsheet, 12 x 9 inches. Previously folded. Minor wear and dust soiling along old folds. Faint foxing. About very good. Item #1228
A scarce circular advertising a large swath of railroad land, 1.5 million acres, across central Iowa under the control of and for sale by the Iowa Railroad Land Company. The organization was established by the Chicago & North Western Railway to oversee its grant land in 1869. By the time this promotional was printed, the company also controlled the lands of the Illinois Central and the Sioux City & Pacific in western Iowa. One side of the circular prints a letter from the company's Land Commissioner that extolls the virtues of Iowa. The other side prints a map that delineates the land controlled by the enterprise and the available rail connections to Chicago (along with tables showing the distances of Iowa towns to the city), as well as brief descriptions of the lands, excursions to visit them, prices, and terms. A more extensive guide in pamphlet form, also quite scarce, advertising the same amount of available acreage was published in 1874, thereby dating this broadsheet. This copy was offered in a 1960 Midland Notes catalog, otherwise we note no public sales records. Not in OCLC.