Auction 140, Lot 222

"Birds Eye View of Colorado Springs and Vicinity", Anon.

Subject: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Period: 1900 (circa)


Color: Black & White

17 x 24 inches
43.2 x 61 cm

This rare, anonymous promotional map of Colorado Springs shows a developing city with an impressive view of the Front Range in the background. Colorado Springs was founded in 1871 by William Palmer, a former Civil War General. Palmer was a surveyor for the Kansas Pacific railroad and secured legislation and funding for the Denver & Rio Grande railroad. Palmer thought this area was ideal for a town, and announced Colorado Springs as the route's first destination out of Denver. As a result of the new infrastructure and the Pike's Peak gold rush, the city became one of the most popular tourist destinations in the west. Printed on thin, banknote style paper.


Condition: B

There are a few short splits at fold intersections and a number of small fold separations, some of which have been repaired on verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $700

Closed on 5/23/2012