By: General Land Office
Date: 1879 (dated)
Dimensions: 16 x 21 inches (40.7 x 53.5 cm)
This is an authentic antique map of the Washington Territory by the General Land Office of the United States. The map was created for the Department of the Interior in 1879.
This map is from the annual report of the GLO and shows the entire Washington Territory. It provides information on the status of surveys various Indian treaties and the state of development and settlement. The maps main focus is the delineation of railroads throughout the territory. A note uses different line types to indicate the various lines of the Northern Pacific Railroad indicate proposed lines constructed lines and branch lines each with their date. The legend identifies townships subdivided county seats railroad limits Indian and military reservations and more.
An interesting notation west of the Colville Indian Reservation states "Reserved for Chief Moses and his people and such other friendly Indians as may elect to settle here with the Consent of Chief Moses and the Secretary of the Interior." General Land Office maps are an essential part of early cartographic representation for many states in the U.S. west of the Mississippi. There were not many published when compared to the maps found in the Mitchell and Johnson and Colton atlases circulating at the time and therefore are becoming more and more difficult to find. A great piece for any collector of Washington or western state maps.
Condition: Map is in A condition issued folding with original color.
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