In 1883, Northern Pacific financier Henry Villard celebrated the completion of the transcontinental line with a fabulous “golden spike” ceremony (which didn’t actually use a gold spike), and then promptly had a nervous breakdown over the company’s weak finances. To commemorate this event fifty years later, the Northern Pacific published this folder and cover announcement.
The folder has an announcement glued on top, which I Photoshopped out of the image shown above. The PDF has the cover both with and without the announcement. Since the interior and back cover of the folder are both blank, I didn’t include them in the PDF.
Underneath the announcement is an image of one of the NP’s Northern (4-8-4) locomotives pulling what must be the North Coast Limited. The lower right-hand corner also has a drawing of one of NP’s Yellowstone (2-8-8-4) locomotives, one of the largest locomotives ever built. The NP was naturally proud of the fact that it pioneered both the 4-8-4 and 2-8-8-4 wheel arrangements.