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Advertisement article, 'Going to Sea by Rail', regarding Southern Pacific's Overland Route to California
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University of Southern California. Libraries
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California Historical Society
University of Southern California Digital Library
California Historical Society Collection, 1860-1960
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Doheny Memorial Library, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0189
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Photograph of an advertisement article, 'Going to Sea by Rail', regarding Southern Pacific's Overland Route to California, [s.d.]. A drawing of a train can be seen at top with a circular sign on the front of it reading, "San Francisco Overland Limited". At center, a drawing of three men wearing suits can be seen seated at a table. A wine bottle is visible on the table, while the man at right is holding a menu. A fourth man wearing a suit can be seen from behind standing to the left of the table, while two other men are visible in the background. A map of the travel routes across the United States can be seen at the bottom of the article. Photonegative sleeve reads, "S.P. Lord Thomas J. Logan. Printed".
Advertisement reads [part 1 of 2]: "'Going to Sea by Rail'. Crossing Great Salt Lake is but one of many scenic adventures along Overland Route to California. -- Fifteen miles west of Ogden you actually 'go to sea by rail' -- over Southern Pacific's famous 'cut-off' across the mighty Great Salt Lake. For nearly 103 miles your 'San Francisco Overland Limited' skims over this remarkable man--made pathway. The Wasatch Mountains of Utah rim this vast dead sea. The beauty of the great open spaces, the silence of the desert, the wheel of seagulls far from their native oceans, the strange play of sunsets, make the passage of Great Salt Lake one of the most memorable events of your journey. Near Promontory Point, where your Overland first reaches the western side of Great Salt Lake, frontier history has been made. Here, on May 10, 1869, the eastward- and westward pushing lines of America's first transcontinental railroad met and linked the nation with a golden spike. That forever ended the day of the 'covered wagon.' The work of intrepid pioneers was finished. After you leave Great Salt Lake you speed across Nevada's wide plains, where snow-capped mountain ranges back away to half-hide in purple shadows or boldly in bright relief, return the yellows and reds of the sun. Then across the Sierra's summit and past Donner Lake -- Tahoe, where now you can go right to the lake's shore by Southern Pacific trains. Descending via American River Canyon -- you view another spot of historic interest and breathtaking alpine beauty."
Advertisement reads [part 2 of 2]: "In a few hours you will be in Sacramento, the capital of California. It will be worth your while to tarry there and see Sutter's Fort, now a museum, with many of its frontier relics still intact. Oakland and San Francisco are but three hours beyond. By means of its four routes to California, all of which follow pioneer pathways you can see the utmost of the historic West. Go one way, return another, and see the whole Pacific Coast. Stopover anywhere. Only Southern Pacific offers choice of four routes. Only Southern Pacific provides twelve trains daily to California. Please send your name and address to E.W. Clapp, 310 S. Michigan Blvd., Chicago, for copy of free illustrated travel booklet: 'How Best to See the Pacific Coast'. Southern Pacific. Four Great Routes. Sunset Route -- 'Sunset Limited'. Golden State Route -- 'Golden State Limited.' Overland Route -- 'San Francisco Overland Limited.' Shasta Route -- 'The Cascade.' The comfortable club-car is a far cry from bullock wagons which once slowly creaked westward around the shores of this vast lake."
1 photograph : photonegative, b&w
18 x 13 cm.
negatives (photographic)
chs-m24087 [Legacy record ID]
Southern Pacific Railroad
Railroad features
48347 [Accession number]
CHS-48347 [Call number]
California Historical Society [Contributing entity]
unidentified no: TRAN-44 [Identifying number]
California Historical Society Collection, 1860-1960

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