NYC (1870); Empire City (1832); Empire State (1833)

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Tue Nov 12 14:43:33 UTC 2002

> >    The MAKING OF AMERICA database, Mich-Books, has ONE HUNDRED YEARS'
> > PROGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES (Hartford,  Conn.: L. Stebbins, 1870),
> pg. 217.
> >  There are five hits for "NYC."  Yes, the thing is for railrods, but I
> don't
> > think "NYC" here is New York Central.
> >    If you don't like that, I have others.
>OK, let's see 'em.
>The "N.Y.C." appears in a column headed "Companies"; other locations in the
>column, just as much a part of New York City as those labelled "N.Y.C.",
>have a designation "N.Y. City", which suggests strongly to me that these
>are in fact names of railroad companies, and the "N.Y.C." must mean "New
>York Central".

I think "N. Y. C." = "New York City" here.

[Why one would want to see this abbreviation I don't know. Probably I
missed the initial inquiry.]

Each line seems to show the name of a railroad company, apparently followed
in parentheses by the city of its operation (where it isn't already given
by the company name). The city names are abbreviated as necessary to fit
the column width. "N. Y. City" is used where it fits, otherwise "N. Y. C."
is used; similarly for "Brooklyn" versus "Brook'n", "Pittsburg" versus
"Pbg." In only a couple of cases is there something in parentheses which I
don't immediately recognize, perhaps an alternative form of the company name

[Is "N. Y. C." in this context somehow more interesting than "Phila." or

-- Doug Wilson

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