This is a 1903 Poole Brothers railroad map of California featuring an index of some of the many hotels, boarding houses, and resorts throughout the state. The map depicts the region from the Pacific Ocean to Nevada and Arizona and from Oregon to Mexico. Cities and towns throughout the state are identified, with particular attention paid to the stops along the state's many railroads, including Sab Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento. Routes of the Southern Pacific; the Atchison, Topeka, and Sant Fe; the San Pedro, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake; and the California Northern are labeled. The index of hotels is situated along the right border and lists cities in California in alphabetical order, the location, capacity, American and European rates, and the proprietor. A text box in the lower left corner lists the representatives of the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad from in alphabetical order by city from Atchison, Kansas to Toronto, Ontario.
Publication History and CensusThis map was created by Poole Brothers and published by the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad in 1903. This map was published in at least two states and appears to be rather rare, as this is the only known example and it does not appear in the OCLC.
Poole Brothers (fl. c. 1880 - 1968) were a Chicago based firm active in the late 19th and early 20th century with an initial focus on promotional railroad maps. Poole Brothers was founded by George Amos Poole, one of the original four partners in the firm that would become Rand McNally, and his brother William H. Poole. Poole started his own firm, Poole Brothers, as a direct competitor to Rand McNally for the lucrative railroad business. Like many of its competitors, Poole Brothers maintained an office on Chicago's Printer's Row (downtown Loop district). Nevertheless, the two firms, along with Cram and Company, seem to have come to an accord, at least with regard to price-fixing, for which they were cited by the Federal Trade Commission in 1948. Their earliest known work is an 1880 map of Yellowstone National Park. Afterward they went on to produce a vast range of maps and other print products including tickets, cards, coupons, and restaurant menus. In time Poole Brothers merged with Newman-Randolph, which was then acquired by the American Can Company in the early 1960s. The American Can Company liquidated its printing concerns later in the same decade. Learn More...
Good. Centerfold separations professionally repaired on verso. Closed tears extending one quarter inch and one half inch into printed area professionally repaired on verso. Text on verso.l