PEOPLE'S PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPANY. CHARTER, ORGANIZATION, ADDRESS OF THE PRESIDENT, JOSIAH PERHAM, WITH THE BY-LAWS OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS. Boston: Printed by Alfred Mudge & Son, 34 School Street, opposite City Hall, 1860. 23.2x14.2 cm (octavo), pp. [1-3] 4-24, original brown wrappers printed in black, sewn. First edition. A proposal for a Pacific railroad "to be owned," according to Perham, "by the people in small sums." The proposed "route was from St. Joseph, along the Platte, the Pike's Peak gold fields, and through Utah to San Francisco" (Eberstadt). As the result of strenuous objections of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads, as well as the southern railroads, the line was changed to a northern route connecting the Great Lakes with Puget Sound on the Pacific. Congress chartered the Northern Pacific Railway Company on 2 July 1864. New England businessman and promoter Josiah Perham (1803-1868) was elected its first president. The city of Perham, Minnesota, is named in his honor. Eberstadt 132:620. Vertical mailing crease at center of wrappers and text, wrappers chipped at edges, small chip near center of front wrapper repaired, a very good copy overall. Enclosed in a custom cloth folder and quarter leather slipcase. (#167041).
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