Auction 117, Lot 238

"A Geological Map of the Black Hills, by Professor N. H. Winchell, To Accompany the Report of Capt. William Ludlow, U.S. Engineers", U.S. Corps of Engineers

Subject: Dakota Territory

Period: 1875 (published)

Publication: Report of a Reconnaissance of the Black Hills of Dakota

Color: Printed Color

17.5 x 25 inches
44.5 x 63.5 cm

In the summer of 1874, Custer was tasked with reconnoitering a route to Bear Butte and exploring the vicinity. Gold was discovered, leading to a major Gold Rush and an intrusion of white prospectors into the Black Hills, which are sacred to the Sioux and Cheyenne. This led to the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876, and thus to the end for Custer and the 7th Cavalry. A legend in the lower left indicates eleven geological types through coloring and line and was one of three maps included in Ludlow's report. This map locates numerous creeks and gives detail of timber and topography.

References: Wheat [TMW] #1251.

Condition: B

Folds, as issued and bright color. A couple of small fold intersection splits and some light offsetting.

Estimate: $200 - $250


Closed on 12/6/2006