Rare Separately Published Map of the West
Large scale pocket map of the States and Territories west of the Rocky Mountains, published by Colton and by Payot, Upham & Co. in San Francisco.
Fine example of Colton's large format map of the West, colored by counties and focusing on the projected railroad lines west of the Rocky Mountains, shortly after the creation of Yellowstone National Park.
The map pre-dates the creation of several California Counties, including Riverside, Orange and Imperial Counties.
Excellent detail along the railroad routes to the various mining regions in Arizona and Arizona. The Southern Pacific is now shown crossing the region to Los Angeles.
A large Navajo Indian Reservation appears in northeast Arizona and New Mexico.
This is the last of Colton's regional maps of the west and apparently the rarest. The map seems only to have been issued in 1883, and we find only a single example.
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.