Spring on Southern Pacific

Although this is another undated issue, my guess would be February or April, 1941. The photos are all in color, which suggests a 1941 date rather than 1940, and I’ve seen the March, 1941 issue, which features Shasta Dam.

Click image to download a 6.2-MB PDF of this brochure.

This issue features flowers: California poppies on the cover; Oregon rhododendrons and California balsam root on page 2, plum trees, tulips, and water lilies on page 3, cactus on page 4, and several more. They manage to get Mt. Hood, Mission Santa Barbara, and a Coast Daylight train behind the flowers. Apparently, flowers do not bloom in Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, or Louisiana, all states served by the Southern Pacific that are unmentioned in this brochure.


Spring on Southern Pacific — 1 Comment

  1. Ah, yes, the days of thousands of acres of plum trees in the Santa Clara valley and orange blossoms in Los Angeles. I don’t think there’s a commercial orchard left in the Santa Clara Valley, Those same thousands of acres have now grown homes and places the design your iPhone. I first saw the Santa Clara valley in 1960. Someone placed down there now from that era would not be able to identify where he was. Even the railroad tracks that are still there are part of the UP today.

    Regards, Jim

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