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George Holbrook Baker :  Map of Wagon Route From Placerville to Carson Valley

Maps of California (California, Nevada, Arizona)

Title: Map of Wagon Route From Placerville to Carson Valley

Map Maker: George Holbrook Baker

Place / Date: Sacramento / 1855

Coloring: Uncolored

Size: 18 x 7 inches

Condition: VG

Price: SOLD

Inventory ID: 23343


Interesting early map showing the road from Placerville to Carson City, published by the State Journal in Sacramento.

The map was drawn by George H. Baker, based upon a Survey done by William Henderson, the County Surveyor of El Dorado County.  The map appeared in Report of Committee on Internal Improvements [on Assembly bill no. 16], published by B.B. Redding, the State Printer.  The Report consisted of 20 pages and a printed map.  The Beinecke annotation for the the map notes: 

In the Library of Congress Copy is inserted, after the [title page] a folded map, 50 x 61 cm, with the title:  "An improved topographical map of the northern & middle mines.  Compiled from the most recent & authentic surveys, showing a practicable route for the great Atlantic & Pacific railroad, through the Sierra Nevada at Fredonyers Pass ... by M. Milleson, cl engineer. Published by lithd. by Alex. Zakreski ... 1854 San Francisco"; in lower margins, at left: "Entered according to Act of Congress ... 1854 by Alex. Zakreski ... "; at right: "Engraved by H. Steinegger"; below this, in manuscript: "Illustrative of exhibit C".   

The copy in the Yale University Library, has inserted a map with title: "Map of wagon road route from Placerville to Carsonville. Drawn by George H. Baker from survey by Wm. Henderson, Co. Surveyor of Eldorado Co. State journal lith." 

The Report in the collected set of California Assembly journal, 1855 Appendix, is without map. cf. A.R. Hasse, Index to econ. material in documents ... California, 1908, p. 7, no. 13, and p. 277.

The map illustrates on a mile by mile basis the road under construction to Carson City, along  with neighboring towns and topographical features.

Condition Description: Old tape repairs and some extra paper supporting edges on verso.

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