Auction 140, Lot 248

"Sketch of the Country Near the Southern Boundary of Kansas", U.S. War Department

Subject: Kansas Territory

Period: 1858 (published)

Publication: HR Doc #103, 35th Congress, 1st Session

Color: Black & White

48 x 21 inches
121.9 x 53.3 cm

This map describes the important survey that established the southern boundary of Kansas Territory and the feasibility for a southern railroad route. The survey was conducted by Col. Joseph E. Johnson with the map drawn by his assistant, J.E. Weyss. It covers the region from Neosho, Missouri to Albuquerque, New Mexico and includes topographic features and good detail. It locates forts, identifies the Santa Fe Trail as the Santa Fe Road, shows the route of Lt. Whipple in 1853, Aubrey's Trail (an important cattle trail), and names Old Fort Scott, Ft. Union, Raton Pass and Santa Fe. At bottom is a profile of elevations by Dr. Wizlizenus. The map is accompanied with the original, disbound, three-page report "Southern Boundary Line of Kansas. Letter from the Secretary of War, Transmitting The report of Colonel Johnston's survey of the southern boundary line of Kansas," dated April 15, 1858. A historically important map complete with its short report.

References: Wagner & Camp #301a; Rittenhouse (The Santa Fe Trail) #330.

Condition: B+

There is a 2" binding tear at left that is closed on verso with archival tape and a few tiny splits at fold intersections. Issued folding.

Estimate: $275 - $375

Sold for: $160

Closed on 5/23/2012