This 167 year old scan is from “U.S.P.R.R. Exp. & Surveys – To ascertain the most practicable and economical route for a railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. Made under the direction of the secretary of war in 1853-1856”. The artwork inside was some of the most artistic and accurate prints made of Birds, Mammals, Reptiles and Fish from the American West. Many of the Lithographs were beautifully hand-colored by a group of naturalists and artists who travelled with the expedition surverying the West for the U.S. Pacific Railroad. Search our archives or click on the artist name below to view the rest of the collection!