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Reports of explorations and surveys to ascertain the most practicable and economical route for a railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean

Author: Joseph Henry; Spencer Fullerton Baird; United States. War Department.; United States. Army. Corps of Engineers.
Publisher: Washington [D.C.] : A.O.P. Nicholson, printer, 1855-60.
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United States. War Department.
Reports of explorations and surveys to ascertain the most practicable and economical route for a railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean.
Washington [D.C.] : A.O.P. Nicholson, printer [etc.], 1855-60
(OCoLC)659028887
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United States. War Department.
Reports of explorations and surveys to ascertain the most practicable and economical route for a railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean.
Washington, D.C. : [publisher not identified], 1855-1860
(OCoLC)17363346
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Henry; Spencer Fullerton Baird; United States. War Department.; United States. Army. Corps of Engineers.
OCLC Number: 39314047
Notes: Vols. I-XI were issued in the Congressional series of U.S. public documents as 33d Cong., 2nd sess. House ex. doc. 91, and also as Senate ex. doc. 78. Vol. XI was also issued (1861) as 36th Cong., 2nd sess. Senate ex. doc. [no number].
Supplement to vol. I was issued in at least three forms: Supplement to vol. I, 1859, W.A. Harris, printer, as 35th Cong., 2nd sess. Senate ex. doc. 46 [and] Vol. XII, book I-II, 1860: T.H. Ford, printer, as 36th Cong., 1st sess. House ex. doc. 56, and Senate ex. doc. [no number].
The reports of the Pacific railroad surveys were prepared under the direct supervision of the Engineer Department. The vols. dealing with the soil, climate, geology, botany and zoology of the regions surveyed were edited and revised by Professors Henry and Baird of the Smithsonian institution--cf. Ingersoll, History of the War Department, 1879, p. 292-293.
For further information concerning the publication of the work and a list of serial numbers assigned to the volumes in the Congressional series of documents, see Checklist of United States public documents, 1911, p. 1274-1275.
Description: 12 volumes in 13 : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 30 x 24 cm
Contents: I. Introduction. Route near the 47th and 49th parallels --
II. Routes near 38th and 39th, 41st, and 32d parallels. Landers's report --
III-IV. Route near the 35th parallel --
V. Routes in California to connect with those near the 35th and 32d parallels --
VI. Routes in Oregon and California --
VII. Route in California to connect with those near the 35th and 32d parallels. Route between the Rio Grande and Pimas villages --
VIII. Mammals of the several routes --
IX. Birds of the several routes --
X. Reptiles and fishes of the several routes ; Zoological reports on routes near 38th and 39th, 41st 35th and 32d parallels ; On routes in California to connect with those near 35th and 32d parallels ; Reptiles of routes in California and Oregon --
XI. Material used and methods employed in compiling the general map ; [Topographical maps, etc.] --
XII. Route near the 47th and 49th parallels (concluded).
Other Titles: Pacific railroad surveys
Explorations and surveys to ascertain the most practicable and economical route for a railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean
Responsibility: made under the direction of the secretary of war, in 1853-[6] ...
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