Only one copy in OCLC. A Very Rare Minnesota Bird's Eye View. "St. Paul, Minneapolis, Duluth and Superior in 4 1/2 Hours Much quicker than via any other line."
Fantastic three-stone color lithograph bird's eye view of the rail route from Minneapolis and St. Paul to Duluth on the Saint Paul & Duluth Railroad, published by the railroad in July of 1896.
The view shows rivers, lakes, towns, and railroads along the eastern edge of Minnesota and western edge of Wisconsin, highlighting the "Lake Region of Minnesota."
The Saint Paul & Duluth Railroad was founded in 1877 and was eventually purchased by the Northern Pacific Railway.
The verso includes a wealth of information. In addition to two attractive advertisements showing the interiors of the railcars, the left side of the sheet has timetables for the following railroads:
- Saint Paul & Duluth R.R.
- Duluth & Iron Range R.R.
- Duluth & Winnipeg R.R.
- Duluth, Mississippi River & Northern R.R.
- Duluth, Missabe & Northern Ry.
- Northern Pacific R.R.--for Ashland, Wis.
- Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic Ry.
The view is extremely rare, with only one example recorded in OCLC, at UC Berkeley. Due to their ephemeral nature, timetables such as this are seldom encountered, and while they sometimes have maps, they almost never have attractive bird's-eye views as here.