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Auction 176, Lot 196

"Sketch Showing Military Roads Leading to Fort Lewis, Pagosa Springs", Ruffner, Lt. E.H.

Subject: Southwestern Colorado, Northwestern New Mexico

Period: 1879 (dated)


Color: Black & White

21.1 x 22.6 inches
53.6 x 57.4 cm
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This is the rarest of Ruffner's survey maps of southwestern Colorado and 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.


Condition: B+

Issued folding and now flattened and backed with tissue. A few minor fold separations have been closed on verso with archival materials.

Estimate: $100 - $130

Sold for: $50

Closed on 2/12/2020