Excellent early map of Idaho Territory, Wyoming Territory and Montana Territory, published by OW Gray.
Wyoming is shown with only 7 counties. Idaho has 10 counties and Montana has only 11. Yellowstone National Park is noted as a proposed national park. Many Indian tribes are shown, along with reservations. Early railroad lines are shown, along with stations, towns, etc. Includes early forts, mountains, rivers and other details.
This is one of the best maps of the period and a series of these maps over the next 10 years tracks the fast expansion of knowledge of the region, driven by mining booms and government mapping and explorations.
Dating the Map
We date the map based upon the configuration of Deer Lodge County, which was in this configuration from January 11, 1872 to February 3, 1876.
O. W. Gray was a publishing firm based in Philadelphia. Later, they published as O. W. Gray & Son. They published atlases in the late nineteenth century. Gray's National Atlas was one of the most successful commercial ventures of the 1870s and one of the last to employ hand coloring on maps.