Little Rock: S.H. Nowlin & Co., 1882. 8pp. Folio newspaper. Previously folded; short separations along fold line; light wear at edges. Light tanning. Unopened. About very good. Item #291
An unrecorded 1882 Arkansas land and railway promotional intended to advertise the routes and lands of the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railroad. Disguised as an issue of the "Spirit of Arkansas" newspaper, the text backhandedly disparages the land grants of other railroads, while claiming that, "we already have the best country in the world now open to emigrations, and where cheap lands can be procured" (from the St. Louis and Iron Mountain, naturally). Other articles provide evaluations and statistics of agricultural production, testimonials from individuals and other newspapers, and other news of growth and development. The centerfold is a large, double-page map of the state, with rail lines prominently featured, and the final page is a full-page advertisement for the St. Louis, Iron Mountain, & Southern Railway, with its signature "Bound for the Happy Land" motto at the head. An attractive and unrecorded Arkansas railroad and land item.