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Auction 149, Lot 190

"Progress Map of the U.S. Geographical Surveys West of the 100th Meridian", Wheeler, George (Lt)

Subject: Western United States

Period: 1881 (dated)

Publication: Annual Report U.S. Geographical Surveys, U.S. Army

Color: Printed Color

22.3 x 17.5 inches
56.6 x 44.5 cm
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The 1870s was a period of intense effort, by such prominent people as Clarence King, Ferdinand Hayden, and John Wesley Powell, to advance the geographical knowledge of the West. These various surveys presented a threat to the Army's supremacy in the field of mapping and to the related appropriations from Congress. As a result of these pressures, the Army Corp of Engineers developed a plan to systematically survey the entire West to be called the U.S. Geographical Surveys West of the One Hundredth Meridian. The region was divided up into 95 rectangles, with atlas sheets to be prepared for each, comprising an area 2°45' of longitude and 1°40' of latitude on a scale of eight miles to the inch. Lieutenant George Wheeler was chosen to head this immense project. Surveys were conducted each summer from 1872 to 1878, after which Congress cut off appropriations for field work; thus the survey was not completed as originally envisioned. Wheeler published annual reports from 1873 to 1884, as well as the final Geographical Report published in 1889. The maps from this report are a valuable document of the record of Western exploration.

A remarkable and attractive map that reflects the survey efforts in the West. It is a detailed representation of the various routes of western expeditions and the important surveys of King (40th parallel), Wheeler, Powell & Hayden. This edition includes the survey seasons of 1869, and 1871 through 1879. Among the details are the locations of occupied and abandoned posts, astronomical stations, signal service stations and the "Route for Cattle Droves & Trains from Texas to Cal." Published in Lieut. George M. Wheeler's Annual Report under the direction of Brig. Gen. H.G. Wright, Chief of Engineers.


Condition: B+

Issued folding with light toning and a few short splits at fold intersections.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $75

Closed on 5/21/2014