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Rare newspaper printed on board a transcontinental train...
Item # 645091
June 28, 1870
TRANS-CONTINENTAL, Laramie, Wyoming, June 28, 1870 This is a very fascinating newspaper, borne in the ingenious mind of a publisher who decided to take a small printing press on board the first transcontinental railroad excursion and publish 6 issues westbound and 6 issues eastbound. Printed on a Gordon press in the baggage car, it is considered the very first newspaper composed, printed, & published on a train.
This is issue number 9, published at Laramie, just the second issue printed on the train's return trip to the East. Each issue recorded the process of the journey with the sights and events along the way. Each issue carries the dateline of a different city: Niagara Falls, Omaha, Cheyenne, Ogden, Utah; Salt Lake City, Utah; Summit Sierra Nevadas, San Francisco, Promontory Point, Utah; Laramie, Wyoming, Grand Island Nebraska, Burlington, Iowa; and Boston.
The front page is taken up with: "Notes From our Log Book", being a diary of what was seen & experienced along the route. Terrific content! Inside includes: "Seasons In California" as well as various interesting tidbits including: "Red Cloud, the Sioux chief...was escorted by U.S. cavalry & a military band of music, from Pine Bluffs to Fort Laramie & quite a feature was made of the occasion..." with more.
A fine opportunity for a very rare title. Four pages, 7 by 9 3/4 inches, great condition. Included with this issue is a reprint set of all 12 issues published. See our item 615312 for details.
Category: Post-Civil War