- Mar 16, 2016
Federal Land Grants for the Construction of Railroads and Wagon Roads 1823-1871
This map from the 1932 Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States reveals the United States land grants available for the construction of railroads and wagon roads between 1823-1871. As the key indicates, dark lines represent the limits of the land grants, while white and striped areas differentiate between unforfeited and forfeited Federal land grants for railroads.
When the topic of Federal Land Grants and Railroads comes up, most think of the lines west of the Mississippi. The first federal land grant railroad was the Illinois Central when Millard Fillmore signed it into law in 1850.