Pathway to the Setting Sun

Like the Milwaukee Road’s Lake Michigan to Puget Sound, this booklet was published by a third-party–Tom Jones of Cincinnati–for distribution by Barkalow Brothers News Service of Omaha “especially for the patrons of the” Union Pacific System, including the Oregon Short Line and Oregon-Washington Railway and Navigation Company. This particular copy was published in 1914 and is labeled the sixth edition.

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The booklet presents more than 100 black-and-white photographs of the route between Omaha and Portland, that being Union Pacific’s only route to the Pacific Coast until 1921 when it took over the Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad. Photos include sights seen from the tracks as well as those some distance away such as Yellowstone Park.

When opened flat, the front and back cover form one large illustration that shows a train heading toward the setting sun. The hand-lettered title on the cover presents a good example of art nouveau calligraphy.

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Pathway to the Setting Sun — 1 Comment

  1. Some nice B&W pictures although some of the “photoshop” work was a little crude. It’s interesting to see pictures where smoke was actually added to a smokestack scene. Back in 1914, the country had lived through five panics in the previous 25 years, and people knew what it was like to suddenly be thrown out of work. Smoke meant a factory was producing, and production meant jobs. Right up until the end of WWII, smoke wasn’t something to be stopped. It was a sign of prosperity. If our great grandfathers could come back today to a major city like Pittsburgh, they’d think the town was in the throes of yet another panic. 🙂

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