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North East and South West Alabama Rail Road Company:

REPORT OF THE CHIEF ENGINEER UPON THE SURVEY, LOCATION, AND PROBALE [sic] COST OF THE NORTH EAST & SOUTH WEST ALABAMA RAIL ROAD, MADE TO THE PRESIDENT AND DIRECTORY, JULY 5TH, 1855.

M.D.J. Slade, Tuscaloosa: 1855 Original printed wrappers [closed tear at upper blank corner, contemporary ink writing], stitched, 32pp. Very Good. E.D. Sanford was Chief Engineer. His detailed report dates from the commencement of his preliminary survey in December 1853, and describes his efforts; the location of the Road, with tables of distances and elevations of principal points above Mobile Bay, and an explanation of his location choices; the probable cost of the Road, with explanations of gradients and alignment. Sanford calls the "geographical position" of the Road "unsurpassed, being a continuation of the great 'air line' from the Northern cities to the Gulf of Mexico; it holds the key to an outlet to the city of New Orleans; occupies the most favorable route in a topographical point of view to Mobile; and connects with the Southern Rail Road, with which, it will interchange most, if not all, the trade and travel between Texas and the North." OCLC locates thirteen copies, under two accession numbers, as of July 2014. FIRST EDITION. Not in Ellison, Owen, Sabin, BRE.


Book Id: 21756

Price: $375.00

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