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Auction 183, Lot 244

"[Lot of 2] [Yellowstone National Park] [and] Yellowstone National Park and Forest Reserve From Maps By The U.S. Geological Survey",

Subject: Yellowstone, Wyoming

Period: 1901-02 (circa)


Color: Printed Color

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A. [Yellowstone National Park], by U.S. Government, from H Doc 500 57 1, circa 1902 (14.9 x 20.3"). This section of a larger map was published separately to show areas proposed for the expansion of Yellowstone, one of the numerous attempts made to expand the boundaries of the park. It features the timberland and forest reserves adjacent to the park that had been established as an interim measure in the 1890s. In his 1902 report to Congress, the Secretary of the Interior explained he had submitted a bill to extend the limits of the park (which included this map) because "large game…which has its summer range within [the park], drift out of that reservation, seeking a winter range for food, into the forest reservations abutting the park on the south and east and while in that country, the animals are ruthlessly killed in large numbers by pot hunters” (p. 129). Opposition from business interests precluded any major expansion of the park, although a limited expansion occurred in 1929. A scarce map with no previous sales records located.

B. Yellowstone National Park and Forest Reserve from Maps by the U.S. Geological Survey, by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), circa 1901 (19.8 x 17.9"). This finely detailed topographical map shows all of Yellowstone Park plus the region to the east up to Bighorn County, in today's Park County. It has good topographical detail with contour intervals at 100 feet at a scale of 1 inch = 4 miles. The Upper, Shoshone, Gibbon, and Heart Lake Geyser Basins, Mud Geysers, Mammoth Hot Springs are named. Old Faithful Hotel is noted.


Condition: A+

Fine examples, issued folding.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $120

Closed on 6/9/2021