Trolleying through the Heart of Maine.
1900 (undated) 8 x 16 in (20.32 x 40.64 cm)
A beautiful c. 1900 example of the panoramic map of Maine showing its trolley lines, steamer lines and steam railroad lines. Issued by the Portland Railroad Company, this map covers from Mt. Washington in the north to Cape elizabeth in the south and from the Saco River eastward as far as China Lake. Bottom margin contains a legend for trolley lines, steam railroad and steamer lines. The map gives an overview of Maine and details 'Fast interurban service connecting Portland, Biddeford, Bath, Lewiston, Auburn, Gardiner, Hallowell, Augusta, Winthrop, Togus and Waterville.' Following the Civil War, the completion of the Grand Trunk and various ancillary railways opened Maine to tourism from New York, Philadelphia, and Boston. By the turn of the century, luxurious resorts and hotels had begun to pop up all along Maine picturesque coast. The last of the passenger services to Portland and Lewiston ceased to operate in 1967 when the Grand Trunk Railway, marked here, discontinued service. Besides major trolley and railroad stations, the map identifies various power stations, lakes, rivers, islands and other topographical details. The cover of the folded map contains the title along with a beautiful illustration of a cable car and a small route map in a red heart. Verso contains details including fares, travel times etc. for of trolley trips from Portland and Lewiston.
Very good. Original foldlines. Some wear on foldlines, especially near edges.