Mapmaker: Hayden - US Govt.

(Colorado) Western Colorado and...


  • ~Catalog 56~
  • Western Colorado and Part of Utah.

    The work of F.V. Hayden and his men is foundational to the mapping of Colorado. While the Hayden survey worked through vast swathes of the West, including Wyoming, Utah, Montana and other areas, their study and mapping of Colorado is unparalleled and gave a new and indepth grasp of the mountainous state. Working with his band of men, scientists and engineers, from 1873 to1876, they mapped the state's topography and geology revealing a wealth about it's mostly mountainous 104,100 square miles. The culmination of their years of work was summed in the Geological And Geographical Atlas Of Colorado And Portions Of Adjacent Territory that was published in 1877 and in 1881. Described by one historian as a “businessesman's geologist”, Hayden's focus in the region's geology showed that it was the mineral resource of the West, and it was Hayden that discovered the coal and iron ore in the territory, including it on his maps. Rich with detail for roads, drainage, railroads, as well as the topography, the maps from Hayden's Atlas are the best for the time.

    This map for Western Colorado spans from the Grand River Valley, to Snowmass and Daly Peak, spanning down to Lake City and Uncompagre Peak. Amazingly detailed for roads, towns, rail lines and topography. At this time almost all of this map shows the "Reservation of the Ute Indians" which includes notations for "Ute Farms" as well as trails throughout the peaks.

    Condition is good with some light marginal dampstaining. Image size is approximately 24 x 36 (inches)