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Decorative view of the Franklin Valley in California, from Volume XI of the Reports of Explorations and Surveys, to Ascertain the Most Practicable and Economical Route for a Railroad From the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. Made Under the Direction of the Secretary of War, In 1853-56, According to Acts of Congress of March 3, 1853, May 31, 1854, and August 5, 1854.

The view was shows a portion of the lands which were to be traversed by the first transcontinental railroad.