Highly detailed map of Wyoming Territory, from a rare early edition of Cram's Standard American Railway Atlas.
The map shows counties, railroads, railway stations, township surveys, mountains, rivers, lakes, and a host of other early details.
Only 8 counties shown. The Wind River or Shoshone Indian Range is shown. Also shows county seats, Money Order Post Offices and other commerce details. Decorative title.
The best large format commercial atlas map of the period. One of the largest and most detailed maps of Wyoming of the period.
Dating the Map
Sweetwater County is shown (formed March 5, 1884)
The boundaries of Carbon County and Fremont County are entirely parallel. On February 5, 1886, the southwestern corners were adjusted to create a jog to the west.
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.