Interesting lithographed map of the United States and southern Canada illustrating the main railways emanating from Seattle, as well as the length of the Canadian Pacific.
The map was issued in the 1888 Report on Washington Territory, along with a larger color-lithographed map of the Territory.
The map was issued shortly after the formation of the Washington Territory in 1885, and it reflects the consequent interest in among those back east in Washington and how to get there.
The bold line in Washington itself represents the Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railway.
The Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railway (SLS&E) was a railroad founded in Seattle, Washington, on April 28, 1885, with three tiers of purposes: Build and run the initial line to the town of Ballard, bring immediate results and returns to investors; exploit resources east in the valleys, foothills, Cascade Range, and Eastern Washington, attracting more venture capital; and boost a link to a transcontinental railroad for Seattle, the ultimate prize for incorporation. The historical accomplishment of the line was Seattle to Sumas at the border, with British Columbia, Canada, connecting with the Canadian Pacific transcontinental at the border at Huntingdon, British Columbia, now part of the City of Abbotsford.