"[Lot of 2] Map of Oklahoma Territory", General Land Office
Period: 1902-05 (dated)
Color: Printed Color
22 x 14.3 inches
55.9 x 36.3 cm
This set of maps includes the 1902 and 1905 editions; together giving a graphic view of the rapid changes and developments overtaking the region in this important period in the history of Indian Territory and Oklahoma. In 1905, the Five Indian Nations, concerned how statehood for Oklahoma might affect them, held a constitutional convention with the view to forming their own state. At the same time they partitioned their nations into 48 counties. But their efforts did not stop Okalahoma from becoming a state in 1907 and engulfing their lands. These two maps show the region just prior to statehood.
Both were compiled from the corrected map of the General Land Office and from data on file in the territorial office and were published to accompany the Annual Report of the Governor of the Territory. An attractive pair with great attention paid to detail, including railroads constructed and proposed, as well as roads and trails. The maps cover present day western Oklahoma with the panhandle, but only the western portion of what was then Indian Territory is shown. Indian reservations within the territory are shown, including the Osage, Kansas, Poncas, Otoes and Missourias. Land Offices are located at Woodward, Alva, Enid, Perry, Guthrie, Kingfisher, Ft. Reno, Oklahoma City, Mangum and Lawton.
Both folding, as issued, with lovely coloring and full margins. The 1902 map has a hint of toning or offsetting in blank area of title and very light toning along one fold.