Vacations West

This 1946 four-panel brochure is 5-1/2″x8-1/2″ folded but opens to 22 inches wide. The brochure briefly describes each of the main destinations reached by the Burlington and its parent railroads, GN and NP (though they are only mentioned on a map). These include the Colorado Rockies, Glacier Park, Yellowstone Park, the Pacific Northwest, California, the Black Hills, and dude ranches.


Click image to download a 4.0-MB PDF of this brochure.

The map panel shows the Burlington, GN, NP, and SP&S in thick lines, the D&RGW and WP in medium lines, and the SP and Santa Fe in thin lines. The SP&S-owned Oregon Electric from Portland to Eugene is a thick line even though passenger service ended in 1933. The SP&S-owned Oregon Trunk to Bend is a medium line even though it still offered passenger service, while the GN from Bend to California is also medium even though it never saw passenger service.

As far as readers of this map would learn, the Union Pacific went from Butte, Montana to Los Angeles. Medium lines also show the MKT from Dallas to San Antonio, the Texas & Pacific from Dallas to New Orleans, and the SP from Houston to New Orleans–but SP’s line between El Paso and Houston is missing. One other thin line from Burlington, Iowa to St. Paul is unidentified, but it probably refers to the Rock Island.


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