Auction 128, Lot 292

"Milk R. to the Crossing of the Columbia R…", U.S. Railroad Surveys

Subject: Northwestern United States

Period: 1853-55 (dated)

Publication: U.S. Pacific Railroad Surveys

Color: Black & White

60.5 x 23.5 inches
153.7 x 59.7 cm

Remarkable map that details the 1853-1855 surveys conducted to locate a northern route (47th and 49th Parallels) on an expedition led by Isaac Stevens, Governor of Washington Territory. Most of the map covers Montana, with extraordinary detail and excellent relief by hachure, the naming of rivers, numerous routes with dates, and interesting topographical commentary. The map not only shows the main party's route, but also numerous routes followed by the various parties attached to the command. This large map is joined on two sheets. It is dated 1853-5, but was published in 1860.

References: Wheat (TMW) #867.

Condition: B+

Beautiful, dark impression on full sheet with original margins. Two areas with a little light foxing, still the best example of this map we've seen.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $180

Closed on 5/20/2009