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MKT and other trains: What were ticket prices? 1880-1900?

Posted by chaea90 
MKT and other trains: What were ticket prices? 1880-1900?
February 20, 2018 12:02PM
Does anyone know where I can find passenger and/or freight prices for a train from Dallas in the 1880s/90s to really anywhere? (Newsletter, pamphlet, anything.) Any railway company is good; I would just like to see some prices.

Thank you.
Re: MKT and other trains: What were ticket prices? 1880-1900?
February 20, 2018 05:52PM
Chaea90---

I accessed the Historic Dallas Morning News through the Dallas Public Library database list. I searched for "railways" and "fares," and "[name of railway]" and "fares." (Not using quote marks.) I got about 50 advertisements per search, most with excursion fares to specific cities.

Then I went to Portal to Texas History to do a Guided Search using the same terms. More than 9,000 hits made the results unusable. (The was due to all the newspaper responses, each newspaper in the collection carrying the same ad during the same week.) I bet if I had fiddled around with Portal a little more, I could have sharpened the results or found route maps (listing fares) in their collection.

Depending on how deep you need to go, this should get you started.
Re: MKT and other trains: What were ticket prices? 1880-1900?
February 21, 2018 09:29AM
Thank you.
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