A he Handbook to the United States, undertaken in re¬
sponse to repeated requests from British and American
tourists, is intended to help the traveller in planning his tour
and disposing of his time to the best advantage and thus to
enable him the more thoroughly to enjoy and appreciate the
objects of interest he meets with. The writer is Mr. J. !•'.
Mnirhead, M. A., who has had charge of the English editions
of Baedeker's Handbooks for quarter of a century, and has
personally visited the greater part of the districts described.
The vast extent and rapidly changing conditions of the
United States make the production of a satisfactory guide¬
book a peculiarly difficult task; but for its improvement the
Editor confidently and gratefully looks forward to a contin¬
uance of those valuable corrections and suggestions with
which travellers have long been in the habit of favouring him.
In view of the growing favour bestowed on the Handbook
by native-born travellers, an attempt has been made in this
edition to expand those sections which appeal rather to the
American than to the foreign tourist, and to lay greater stress
upon points interesting from their association with American
history or literature.
In the preparation of the Handbook the Editor has re¬
ceived material aid from Dr. Benjamin Ellis Martin of New
York, who visited the Southern States and California in
the interests of the present edition, and from so many other
friends in all parts of the United States, as to preclude an
enumeration of their names. In particular he wishes to
express his obligations to the superior officials of the leading
Railway Companies, who have been, almost without exception,
uniformly courteous and helpful; to many officials of the
Federal and State Governments; to the keepers of the most
important libraries, museums, and galleries of art; to the
officials of the Appalachian Mountain Club; and to the pro¬
fessors of numerous universities and colleges.
It is hoped that the various monographs of the Intro¬
duction, though sometimes going beyond the recognized
functions of a guidebook, will be found of material value to
the tourist. Each has been written by an undoubted authority
on the subject of which it treats; and their general aim is to
enable the traveller who studies them to give an intelligent
appreciation to the political, social, industrial, and physical