"Preliminary Map of the Western Portion of the Reconnaissance and Survey for a Pacific Railroad Route near the 35th Par.",
Subject: Southwestern United States
Period: 1857-8 (dated)
Publication: HR Doc 124, 35th Congress, 1st session
Color: Black & White
48 x 26.2 inches
121.9 x 66.5 cm
Large lithographed map covering from Albuquerque to Los Angeles. The map documents part of the famous expedition in which E.F. Beale took a group of camels from the Gulf Coast to Fort Tejon in California. In addition to his route, which eventually became the route of the Santa Fe Railroad, the map also shows Cook's wagon road, Sitgreaves route, and Aubrey's trail. Numerous interesting notes concerning Indian villages and topography. Beale advocated the construction of dams and military posts along the way to facilitate passage of emigration to the West Coast. Ref: Wheat (TMW) 939. Issued folded, now pressed and backed with Japanese tissue to repair binding tear. Very clean with no browning.