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1882 Rand Avery Railroad Map of Florida and Georgia

SavannahFloridaWestern-randavery-1882
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Map of the Savannah, Florida, and Western Railway. - Main View
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1882 Rand Avery Railroad Map of Florida and Georgia

SavannahFloridaWestern-randavery-1882

A rare railroad map of Florida and the beginning of the Plant System of railroads.

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Title


Map of the Savannah, Florida, and Western Railway.
  1882 (undated)     14.5 x 14.25 in (36.83 x 36.195 cm)     1 : 1700000

Description


This is an 1882 Rand Avery railroad map of Florida and Georgia. Depicting the region from Savannah to Lake Okeechobee and from St. Andrews Bay to the Atlantic Ocean, thick red lines highlight the Savannah, Florida, and Western Railway. Thinner red lines trace the routes of connecting railways, including the Brunswick and Albany Railroad; the Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile Florida Central Railroad; and the Florida Transit Railroad. Two short railroads are illustrated and labeled in central Florida, one of which is identified at the Southern Florida Railroad.
The Savannah, Florida, and Western Railroad, Henry Plant, and the Plant System
The Savannah, Florida, and Western Railroad came into existence on December 9, 1879, after Henry Plant bought the bankrupt Atlantic and Gulf Railroad and reorganized it under a new name. The Savannah, Florida, and Western was the first of many railroads acquired by Plant, who, by 1882, had established the Plant Investment Company to expand his rail network. The entire Plant System was acquired by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1902.
Publication History and Census
This map was created by the Rand Avery Company for publication by the Savannah, Florida, and Western Railway in 1882. One example is cataloged in OCLC and is part of the collection at the University of South Florida.

Cartographer


Rand, Avery, and Company (1851 – 1886) was a Boston based book and map printer active in the late 19th century. The company was founded in 1851 by George Curtis Rand (December 13, 1819 – December 30, 1878) and his brother-in-law Abraham Avery (November 15, 1824 - April 3, 1893). George C. Rand was a brother to William H. Rand of Rand, McNally, and Company of Chicago. George C. Rand was born in Woodstock, Vermont, to Baptist minister John Rand (1781 – 1855) and his wife. Rand began working in the printing industry from at least the 1840s, wherein he mostly produced religious tracts. He married Julia Avery in 1851 and brought his brother-in-law, Abraham Avery, into the business, renaming the firm Rand, Avery, and Company. Avery was born in Wibraham, Massachusetts and studied at Wesleyan University, which his father helped to found. Rand, Avery, and Company was based in Cornhill, Boston, and was, for a time, they were the largest printers in New England. Such works as Uncle Tom's Cabin were included in their catalog. Avery retired when Rand died in 1878, but the firm continued to publish under another generation of managers, including Rand's son, Avery L. Rand, until at least 1886. They also took on a fourth partner, Orrin F. Frye, and published as Rand, Avery, and Frye. After retiring Avery moved to Los Angeles where he died in 1893. It appears that this firm also published under the name the Rand Avery Supply Company. Learn More...

Condition


Very good. Laid down on archival tissue.

References


OCLC 649828954.