Auction 124, Lot 189

"Map Showing the Route of E. F. Beale from Fort Smith, Ark. To Alburquerque N.M. 1858-9", U.S. Government

Subject: Southwestern United States

Period: 1860 (published)

Publication: HR Doc. No. 42, 36th Congress, 1st Session

Color: Black & White

49 x 7 inches
124.5 x 17.8 cm

Edward F. 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. His route roughly follows the Canadian River and 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. The map is complete with its original 91-page report, "Wagon Road - Fort Smith to Colorado River" is from John B. Floyd, Secretary of War, to the Hon. Wm. Pennington, the Speaker of the House of Representatives. It is a detailed, day-by-day account of Beale's explorations. A scarce set in remarkable condition.


Condition: A+

Map, folding as issued and still in the report. The disbound report is clean and bright.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $100

Closed on 5/7/2008