More than 100 years before the age of jets, steam-powered trains and ships were the main high-speed movers of goods and people across the country. Travelers who wished to get from one place to another, and had the means to do so, generally preferred steam transport to horse-based travel. An important tool for planning any trip at that time was the guide to railway or steamship lines.
The Evans Railway Guide to the South and Southwest is a rare guide to railroads in the southern part of the country during the post-Civil War period. This 64-page illustrated booklet features time tables, descriptions of cities, railroad stations, and steamship routes, and advertisements.