July 6 - 1950: Take the train to a pirate's treasure

And it's buried right here on Olde Cape Cod

This map on the left is short on words but large on illustrations promoting Cape Cod as advertised by the long-gone New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. See a larger version below.

It was printed as part of a booklet by the railroad company (which, in turn, was part of a 7-booklet set covering the entirety of the railroad's reach) to lure passengers to our sandy shores back when you could actually get here by rail.

The booklets were designed for tourists and encouraged them to contact the railroads internal 'travel bureau', as though East Coast residents had no idea the Cape was known for its beaches and fishing.

Although the map and booklet was not targeting locals, any Cape resident would be intrigued by the treasure chest marked "Kidd".  I had no idea his lost treasure was marked so clearly on local maps, and this one looks like it's in Little Pleasant Bay in Orleans!


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