Items for Passengers Going Across the Continent

In How To Go West: A Guide to Southern Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, California and the Whole Great West. Chicago: Horton & Leonard, Railroad Printer, 1872.

A page from the guidebook “How to Go West” details the prices for passengers and freight traveling across North America in the early 1870s. Sleeping cars were reserved for 1st class passengers only. Second class and emigrant class passengers rode in less elegant accommodations and were advised to bring “a lunch basket” for a trip lasting several days from Omaha to San Francisco.

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