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Rare map of Nebraska, colored by counties and showing the 40 mile wide swath of Land granted by the US Government to the Union Pacific Railroad, which was to be sold by the UPRR to finance the cost of the construction of the transcontinental railroad.

The present example would appeare to be an unrecorded 1881 edition, falling between the two known editions of 1880 and 1883. The railroad tracks the Platte River westward, with numerous stops shown along the route. Western Nebraska is still sparsely populated.

The map is known in several editions, each of which include "For prices and terms of payment, address Leavitt Burnham, Land Commissioner, Omaha, Nebraska" in the title. The map was originally issued in 1879 (dated 1880) and printed by H.R. Page & Co. of Chicago. The Library of Congress and Penn State University have copies of the edition of the map. A later edition of 1883 is also recorded Autry Museum, Yale, and Penn State.