Philadelphia: Jay Cooke & Co., .
Softcover. Very good. 8vo, pp 46, , in original wrappers printed in red and black. Light staining to wrappers and top margin of first leaf, all else very good. Map on rear cover. Published while the Railroad's transcontinental track was still under construction, this pamphlet sought to reassure current investors and draw in new ones. In addition to detailing progress in construction, it describes the scope of the land granted to the line, which extended up to fifty miles on either side of the route and could be exploited for resources and sold to settlers, prospectors, and investors. The text touts the agricultural potential of Montana (citing a variety of authorities on climate and soil); the mining potential of Montana, Idaho, and Washington; and the timber resources and harbor traffic of the Puget Sound region--all of which, it is argued, make the railroad's financial success all but certain.