"Map of Colorado Territory, and Northern Portion of New Mexico Showing the System of Parcs", Gilpin, William
Period: 1873 (circa)
Publication: Mission of the North American People, Geographical, Social and Political
Color: Hand Color
21.1 x 20.4 inches
53.6 x 51.8 cm
William Gilpin was the first governor of the State of Colorado and a proponent of the concept of Manifest Destiny and of a transcontinental railway. This map is based on a similar map issued by Jacob Monk in 1865 and shows all of Colorado and part of northern New Mexico. It illustrates the continental divide and four major Parcs; North, Middle, South and San Luis [Valley]. Lesser parks are also noted, as are the status of public land surveys, military posts, mines, and towns. Locates the Denver and Rio Grande, Joseph & Denver, Kansas Pacific, Leavenworth & Denver, Union Pacific, and Denver Pacific railroads, plus a few others. A fascinating map that should be part of any Colorado collection. Printed by the J.B. Lippincott company.
Issued folding with several small fold separations and a 2" binding tear at left that have all been repaired on verso with archival materials. Light toning along the top horizontal fold.