Rare birdseye view of Pueblo, Colorado, published in 1874.
The view is drawn from the north-east, looking south-west and includes a key to mountains, public buildings and manufactories.
The view shows the town on the Arkansas River, with the Arkansas Valley Division of the Denver & Riro Grande Railroad in the distance and wrapping around on the left side into the foreground. A number of streets are named, with many buildings shown and a more organized grid pattern townsite in the distance, along with a Reservoir and Irrigation Ditch.
Features a vignette of the Courthouse at lower left, Chilcott Residence at lower right. Outstanding depiction of the buildings in the city, many identified by number, along with trees, ditches, railroad routes, and other important geographic features.
OCLC locates only 3 known examples (Colorado Historical Society, Colorado Special Library and Denver Public Library).
Eli Sheldon Glover (1844-1920) was one of the great viewmakers of the golden age of American bird's eye views. He began his career working for Albert Ruger in Ypsilanti, Michigan in 1866. He was primarily a sales agent for Ruger but probably also helped him in the actual production of city views. Two years later Glover went to Chicago to become a printer and publisher under his own name, but his Merchants Lithographing Company was shortlived; it was destroyed by the 1871 Chicago Fire after only three years of operation. The Great Fire caused Glover to look farther afield, and he began making views in Ontario and Kansas. Slowly he made his way west, producing Colorado views in 1873-'74. In 1874, while based in Salt Lake City he traveled the Rocky Mountains and produced views in Montana, Utah, and Wyoming. In 1876 and '77, the Glovers lived in Los Angeles and Eli produced a total of 16 views of California cities. In the last period of his active career, he focused on views in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. His second to last view was in Alabama, and his final view, in 1912 after a long hiatus, was Port Arthur, Texas.