Auction 133, Lot 284

"[Manuscript Mining Claim] Plat of the Florinda and Bute Mining Claims, in Little and Big Cottonwood Mining Districts, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory",

Subject: Utah

Period: 1874 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

16.5 x 14.3 inches
41.9 x 36.3 cm

This extraordinary manuscript plan is drawn on oil cloth with red and black ink plus watercolor wash to create the three background colors. It is expertly drawn by a skilled draftsman and calligrapher. The plan shows the two claims in remarkable detail to "indicate the Position of the Shaft and other workings and also the relative Position of the "Bute and Florinda Mining Claims." The plan also shows the extent of the City Rock claim which is immediately adjacent to the other claims. The plan is filled with detail including the location of Open Cuts, Incline Discovery Shafts and more. The claims span across the divide between the Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, now a popular hiking and skiing area east of Salt Lake City in the Wasatch Range. This area was a hotbed of mining activity in the 1870's even attracting investment money from as far away as Britain and Europe. Dated May 14 and 15, 1874 this hand drawn map is signed in an unintelligible hand by the "U.S. Deputy Mineral Surveyor for Utah."


Condition: A

One spot near bottom and a little marginal foxing, otherwise fine. Folding as issued.

Estimate: $180 - $250

Sold for: $350

Closed on 9/1/2010