Cram's Rail Road & Township Map of Montana is one of the rarest of Cram's early maps of the region west of the Mississippi.
Cram's map of Montana is constructed on a very large scale. The earliest township surveys are shown, as are towns, counties (only 10), Indian Reservations, Indian Agencies, The proposed route of the Northern Pacific Railroad, Coal deposits, Forts (C.F. Smith, Horn, Hawley, Peck, Old Fort Charles, Baker, Shaw, Browning, Camp Cook, Benton, etc.), Copper MInes, Mountains, Rivers, Bannack's Cy. Court House, and a number of early roads.
Yellowstone National Park is also shown in some detail.
A pristine example.
George F. Cram (1842-1928), or George Franklin Cram, was an American mapmaker and businessman. During the Civil War, Cram served under General William Tecumseh Sherman and participated in his March to the Sea. His letters of that time are now important sources for historians of the Civil War. In 1867, Cram and his uncle, Rufus Blanchard, began the company known by their names in Evanston, Illinois.
Two years later, Cram became sole proprietor and the company was henceforth known as George F. Cram Co. Specializing in atlases, Cram was one of the first American companies to publish a world atlas. One of their most famous products was the Unrivaled Atlas of the World, in print from the 1880s to the 1950s.
Cram died in 1928, seven years after he had merged the business with that of a customer, E.A. Peterson. The new company still bore Cram’s name. Four years later, the Cram Company began to make globes, a branch of the business that would continue until 2012, when the company ceased to operate. For the final several decades of the company’s existence it was controlled by the Douthit family, who sold it just before the company was shuttered.