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Auction 180, Lot 240

"Map of Pine Creek District. Gilpin Co Colo",

Subject: Gilpin County, Colorado

Period: 1897 (published)


Color: Black & White

12.5 x 13.6 inches
31.8 x 34.5 cm
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This promotional brochure was published by the passenger department of the Union Pacific, Denver and Gulf Railway Company. It was issued to attract investors and prospectors to the Pine Creek Gold Mining District, which the text describes as "the most attractive and promising of the recent mining regions opened up in Colorado." Like many other counties in the state, Gilpin County experienced an economic boom when gold was first discovered there in 1859, and the region enjoyed several decades of sustained mining wealth. The accompanying folding map at the front of the brochure is centered on the town of Apex (now a ghost town) and shows numerous mining claims in the vicinity including Gold Standard, Train Despatcher, Redemption, Cowboy, and Ben Hur to name a few. Within the 16 pages of text by W.S. Ward is an additional full page "Map of Colorado" (7.4 x 8.0") showing the lines of the Union Pacific, Denver & Gulf as well as the Denver, Leadville & Gunnison Railroad. Folds into cream-colored paper wrappers (4.2 x 8.5"). Only 3 examples of this 1897 edition are located on OCLC.


Condition: A

The map is near fine with a bit of faint toning at top right where it folds into the brochure. Minor soiling to paper wrappers.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $130

Closed on 11/18/2020