A Gold Rush Map of "Major Importance" (Wheat) -- One of the Earliest Maps of the Gold Regions of California Based Upon Actual Observations
Important California Gold Rush map by Lt. George H. Derby, from Tyson's Information in Relation to the Geology and Topography of California, perhaps the earliest scientific work on the Gold rush.
The map is extremely detailed (1" = 4.5 miles), covering the region from 10 miles south of Sacramento to the Oroville area and from modern day Colusa to Colluma (Coloma). Excellent detail on the local roads, including the Benicia, Shadon's Ranch, Daylor's Rancho, Vernon and other early roads, including the Lawson's Route-Emigrant's Road. Rose's Rancho, Rose's Bar, Cordua's Bar and "Diggers" are located on the Yuba River. Mormon Isla, Karnakas Diggings and Dry Diggings are shown on the American River. Many other place names and fascinating features.
Wheat describes the map as being of major importance, being one of the earliest maps of the region based upon actual observations.