Minerals of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad (1872)

Map showing the economic minerals along the route of the Chesapeake & Ohio Rail Way to accompany the geological report of Thomas S. Ridgway

Map Showing Minerals Along the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad (1872)
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Date: 1872
Author: Matthew Fontain Maury
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Source: Library of Congress
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Cartographer Matthew Fontaine Maury was to have a distinguished career that would one day gain him the sobriquet "the Father of Modern Oceanography".

But before he would turn his attentions in a seafaring direction, he was an early and outspoken proponent of the creation of a transcontinental railroad in the United States.

I assume that this beautiful (especially so in light of the utilitarian and unlovely nature of many rail maps of the time) map of Chesapeake and Ohio Railway was created as a part of his advocacy in these directions.

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