U.S. Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories, F.V. Hayden, U.S. Geologist in Charge. Parts of Wyoming, and Southeastern Idaho
By: F.V. Hayden
Date: 1878 (published) New York
Dimensions: 25 x 32.5 inches (63.5 x 82.6 cm)
This map covers territories in western Wyoming and southeastern Idaho. It provides a meticulous topographical treatment of the region, including wagon roads, ferries, rivers, mountain ranges and separate mountain peaks, forts and settlements, with relief shown by contours and spot heights.
Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden was a geologist whose most important accomplishments were his explorations of the American west. The surveys and maps resulting from his expeditions were instrumental not only in understanding the territories explored by him but in establishing Yellowstone as the first U.S. National Park. Hayden had vast experience in organizing and leading expeditions, and by 1867 he had been appointed geologist-in-charge of the United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories.
Using Cheyenne (in what is now Wyoming) as a main base, he led various expeditions both before and after the Civil War, including to such far-flung regions as the Front Range to Denver, and Santa Fe. Later he led a geological survey to the Yellowstone region of NW Wyoming which consisted of fifty men including Thomas Moran, the famous artist, and the well-known photographer William Henry Jackson.
Hayden’s findings were compiled and presented as reports to the US government. One such report resulted in the creation of Yellowstone as the country’s first national park. Moran’s paintings and Jackson’s photographs along with Hayden’s publications were instrumental in encouraging westward expansion of the USA.
Condition: This map originally issued as folding has been mounted on linen and is in A condition. There is some minor soiling at fold lines.
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