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Gorgeous example of this rare edition of Colton's map of the United States. The most notable feature is that the map pre-dates the formation of Wyoming, with the area which would become Wyoming attached to Dakota, but unnamed. Curious truncated Nevada, oversized Utah, and Las Vegas in Arizona. Nice early detail, including towns, roads, railroads, exploration routes, etc. US Mail Route Shown, Kearny's Route, Marcy's Route, Fremont, Pony Express and many others. Vibrant colors.

G.W. & C.B. Colton Biography

G. W. & C. B. Colton was a prominent family firm of mapmakers who were leaders in the American map trade in the nineteenth century. The business was founded by Joseph Hutchins Colton (1800-1893).  who bought copyrights to existing maps and oversaw their production. By the 1850s, their output had expanded to include original maps, guidebooks, atlases, and railroad maps. Joseph was succeeded by his sons, George Woolworth (1827-1901) and Charles B. Colton (1831-1916). The firm was renamed G. W. & C. B. Colton as a result. George is thought responsible for their best-known work, the General Atlas, originally published under that title in 1857. In 1898, the brothers merged their business and the firm became Colton, Ohman, & Co., which operated until 1901, when August R. Ohman took on the business alone and dropped the Colton name.