A rare and important map for the West, the Colorado Gold Rush, and the newly born city of Denver. This is the first atlas map to show "Denver City" sitting at the confluence of Cherry Creek and The South Platte River. At this time, Kansas was at its full territorial expanse, reaching from Missouri to the continental divide, and the Gold Rush to the Gold Fields of western Kansas brought new focus to its mountainous reaches. While the eastern third of Kansas is a mixed division of counties and native reserves, the vast majority is shown as "Shyenne Indians" and "Arapaho Indians" lands. Strong attention is paid to the rivers and creeks as they weave westward, and throughout the routes of previous explorers are charted from Fremont and Peck, to Carry, Bryan and Woodruff. While Bent and St. Vrain's forts are noted, little else of established settlements dot the front range, just "Pueblo", "Montana", "Auraria" and "Denver City".
Condition is good with some discoloration along the centerfold, and marginal chipping. The entire sheet has been relaxed and backed with tissue. The original hand color remains strong. Image size is 16.25 x 26.75 (inches)