St. Paul: [Published by the state] for gratuitous circulation, by Girart Hewitt, 1869. Wrappers. Third Edition (originally published in 1867) of this guidebook intended to attract settlers to the state. "Notice. This pamphlet, published in January of each year, (this being its third year) is designed to keep up with the progress of the state, and present its status to date." (front cover verso) Slim demy 8vo (220 x 141mm): 41,pp. Original yellow wrappers, upper cover printed in black with state seal. Bright, clean copy, about Fine (single pinpoint puncture to rear wrapper). Howes H-455. Sabin VIII, p. 259. Astor Library II, p. 1735. Dunbar (Travel in America), p. 1460. Fine-. Item #BB2340
With its population nearly quadrupling in the 1860s and 1870s, Minnesota sought to attract even more settlers to the state. This pamphlet includes a synopsis of the history and progress of the Minnesota, as well as descriptions of the climate, agricultural and manufacturing facilities, commerce and transportation network. Homestead and exemption laws are explained. Included are advertisements from Winona & St. Peter Railroad, selling "250,000 acres of the finest farming lands in the northwest"; Hastins & Dakota Railway, offering "Actual Settlers Only" portions of a 1,280,000-acre land grant; Milwaukee & Saint Paul Railway, "best route to the northwest, and with a fine line of steamers;" Minnesota Valley Rail Road Company; North Western Union Packet Co., "with splendid steamers on the Upper Mississippi"; Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad, offering lands to Immigrants and Settlers; Minnesota Central Railway, serving tourists, and Southern Minnesota Rail Road Company, offering 40,000 acres of land at $3 to $8 per acre. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).