"[Map with Report] Indian Territory", General Land Office
Period: 1879 (dated)
Publication: Sen. Doc. 124, 46th Congress, 2nd Session
Color: Printed Color
32.3 x 24.2 inches
82 x 61.5 cm
A great map in this series of General Land Office maps reflecting the status of lands allocated to various tribes (color-coded). Indian removals from 'home lands' began as early as 1817 and in the years following many of the principal eastern Indian tribes were relocated. By 1879, the region was divided into a myriad of Indian nations and reservations, all but the smallest of which are annotated here with references to one or more treaties relating to their formation. The map is filled with fascinating detail of early forts, settlements, roads and trails. The Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad runs through the territory from Chetopa, Kansas to Denison, Texas and the Atlantic Pacific Railroad's proposed route is shown. Of particular interest are the many early roads and trails: Abilene Cattle Trail, Road to Arkansas City, Road from Cheyenne Agency to Camp Supply, Chisholm's Cattle Trail, Stage Road to Boggy Depot - to name just a few. There is a Negro Settlement near the site of Lexington. Does not include the panhandle, which by this time is Public Lands as noted to the left of the map. Drawn by C. Roeser, Principle Draughtsman for the General Land Office. Included with the map is the first 12 pages of disbound text from the report "…exemplifications of land patents issued to Indian tribes in Indian Territory, and copies of applications of railway corporations and action theron."
The map has two separations along the top fold and a 2" binding tear at left that have all been repaired on verso with archival tape. Disbound text is clean and bright.