1910 Jack Johnson v Jim Jeffries Railway Tour program
An exceedingly rare original brochure/program for a luxury, twenty day train tour from New York to the Pacific coast in connection with the Jack Johnson-Jim Jeffries Heavyweight title fight. The tour was being sold under the direction of Tom O'Rourke, Managing Director of the National Sporting Club of America. The tour was to take place aboard the luxury train, 'Sportsmen's Special' and included a four night stay in San Francisco from the 1st-5th July 1910. There were seats to the contest reserved by the National Sporting Club for customers of the tour. The fight was of course planned to take place in San Francisco, until California's governor, James Gillett, stepped in with less than three weeks to go. At the time boxing was still banned in many US states, and church groups had pressured him to stop it on moral and religious grounds. Promoter Tex Rickard acted swiftly and moved the bout to Reno, where prizefighting was legal, and several east-west railroads met. The 3.5 x 6" program totals twelve pages including covers. In VG-EX condition for it's age with mild oxidization to the staples. A wonderfully rare piece of memorabilia from this most celebrated of championship fights.