"[Lot of 3] Sketch Showing Military Roads Leading to Fort Lewis, Pagosa Springs [and] Lines of Communication Between Conejos and Pagosa Springs Colorado [and] Map of Part of Colorado",
Subject: Southwestern Colorado
Period: 1877-79 (dated)
A. Sketch Showing Military Roads Leading to Fort Lewis, Pagosa Springs, by Lt. E.H. Ruffner, dated 1879, black & white (21.1 x 22.4"). This is the rarest of Ruffner's survey maps of southwestern Colorado - northwestern New Mexico. The area mapped is bounded on the north and east by the Rio Grande del Norte. To the west the map extends to Fort Lewis and Pagosa Springs and south into New Mexico past a cluster of settlements including Park View, Los Brazos, Old Fort Lowell, La Puente and Las Nutritas (sic). A road indicated with a dark line runs from Alamosa to Pagosa and south into New Mexico heading towards El Rite and Albuquerque. Several other roads cross the region, including the Chama and Conejos Toll Roads. Waterways are named, but topography is not shown, however random elevations are given. Drawn on a scale of four miles per inch. Tracings are attributed to maps from the Geographical Surveys West of the 100th Meridian.
B. Lines of Communication Between Conejos and Pagosa Springs Colorado, by Department of the Missouri, dated 1878, black & white (18.7 x 12.8"). A very scarce map with only 3 listings in OCLC. Covers a slightly smaller region than the above map and identifies wagon roads, wagon roads under construction, trails, and the "shortest route west." The San Antonio Route, Chama Route, and Chama Navajo Route are identified.
C. Map of Part of Colorado, by C.A.H. McCauley, dated 1877, hand color (13.0 x 6.6"). A small, but detailed, map of southwestern Colorado shows roads from Ft. Garland to points west. Toll and county roads are identified in red overprinting and mining camps and settlements are highlighted in green.
Issued folding with some toning.