"Map Showing the Route of E. F. Beale from Fort Smith, Ark. To Alburquerque N.M. 1858-9", U.S. Government
Subject: United States - Southwest
Period: 1860 (published)
Publication: HR Doc 42, 36th Cong. 1st Sess.
Color: Black & White
49 x 6.9 inches
124.5 x 17.5 cm
Beale [1822-1893] had quite a career in the West including Indian Agent, surveyor and camel driver. His most lasting contribution was as a road builder. This map resulted from the survey of a road across present-day Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico that originally appeared in Beale's "Construction of a Wagon Road from Fort Smith to the Colorado River." His route roughly follows the Canadian River. It also closely parallels or is identical to that of Lt. Whipple just a few years earlier. A dotted line indicates where the routes diverge. Beale's 62 camp sites are numbered by day. Excellent detail along the route. A rarely seen map.
References: Wheat [TMW] 939; Koepp 1048.