Philadelphia: 1900. 59,pp. plus folding map. 12mo. Original yellow printed wrappers. Spine and lower corners chipped; faint contemporary ink stamp on rear wrapper. Quarter-size chip to upper corner of first leaf, slightly affecting frontispiece image. Light toning and dust soiling. Good plus. Item #2146
Scarce itinerary and program for a six-week tour of California and Mexico by rail, operated by the Pennsylvania Railroad. Their dedicated "Mexico and California Special" sleeper train departed Philadelphia on February 12, 1900, after receiving passengers from across the Northeast arriving on specially organized parlor cars, and returned on March 29. The train took passengers to San Antonio, where they boarded Southern Pacific service for three weeks in Mexico before rejoining the original train in Los Angeles on March 5 for the tour of California. The present pamphlet contains a detailed description of the train and its amenities, a daily itinerary of activities, and information on points of interest at each stop on the tour. Illustrated throughout with photographic images and with a large folding map delineating the entire route at the rear. We locate copies at three institutions -- Northwestern, Berkeley, and SMU.