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Rare newspaper printed on board a transcontinental train...



Item # 681531

June 27, 1870

TRANS-CONTINENTAL, Promontory Point, Utah, June 27, 1870 

* First Transcontinental Railroad "Overland Route"
* Very first excursion published newspaper (#8)


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 8, published at Promontory Point, the first 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 has a poem about the journey. Pg. 2 has a great editorial: "Pleasant Memories"; "Our Progress Eastward" "The Central Pacific R.R." and other interesting tidbits (see photos for portions).
A fine opportunity for a very rare title. Four pages, 7 by 9 3/4 inches, very nice condition.
Included with this issue is a reprint set of all 12 issues published. See our item 615312 for details.

Category: Post-Civil War