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TOPOGRAPHICAL AND TOWNSHIP MAP OF PART OF THE STATE OF COLORADO,
exhibiting The San Juan, Gunnison & California Mining Districts, 1880.
from U.S. Government Surveys & other authentic Sources by Louis Nell,
Civil Engineer, Stone & Co., General Agents, Denver.
Note: This is an advance sheet of a Map of the whole State of
Colorado, which will be published sometime during the Month of June 1880.
Dimensions: 26 inches and 29 inches.
Entered according to Act of Congress in the 1880 by Louis Nell in
the Office of Librarian of Congress at Washington D.C.
This map is the first Louis Nell published on any part of Colorado.
With its publication, Nell’s initiated a long series of highly
detailed, excellent quality maps of Colorado, spanning the years 1880
This particular map shows southwestern Colorado in transition,
mostly due to it being largely unexplored.
Note that Gunnison County is much more expansive than it is today,
most of it being encompassed by the UTE INDIAN RESERVATION.
Other notable details:
a) the new town site of Aspen is located within Gunnison County, as
is the entire Roaring Fork Mining District; b) the new town site of IRWIN
and the Ruby Mining District is located and labeled – the mineral rush
to the area being less than 6 months old; c) Hillerman, Tin Cup and Pitkin
are labeled as being more significant than Crested Butte; d) Gothic is
also labeled as being more significant than Crested Butte; e)
“Wheatstone” is distinctly labeled as opposed to “Whetstone;” f)
the Los Pinos Indian Agency is labeled in the southern part of Gunnison
County; g) The Denver & Rio Grande Railroad is drawn leaving Denver,
passing over La Veta Pass to Alamosa through Conejos and the Southern Ute
Indian Agency to Animas in the southern San Juan Mountains, and the route
to Gunnison over Marshall Pass is only “Proposed;” h) there is no town
of Telluride listed yet;
i) The Denver, South Park & Pacific Railroad is proposed over
Alpine, through the Alpine Tunnel, down to Pitkin, and into Gunnison, but
has not as yet completed to those locations; j) there are no railroads
servicing the mining areas in and around Crested Butte, although gold,
silver and coal districts are labeled; k) Lake City, Ouray, and Silverton
are located; l) Howeville is labeled where the town site of Almont now
exists; m) Highland is labeled for what became known as Ashcroft; plus
many other early locations that changed with the years.
OTHER THAN THE ASTOUNDING
DETAIL THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS MAP IS THAT IT IS ONE OF THE EARLIEST
KNOWN LOCATING TOWNS, MINING DISTRICTS AND CAMPS, MINERAL DEPOSITS, ROADS
AND TRAILS, POST OFFICES AND VILLAGES, and important topographical
features OF GUNNISON COUNTY, COLORADO.
Note: Gunnison County stretches all the way to the border of the
Utah Territory. Condition:
very good plus to near fine; original gold-printed, burgundy cloth covers
are not present.
example, map without original cloth covers. SOLD
MAP OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHWESTERN COLORADO, 1880, original pocket map.
MAP OF COLORADO, 1880, pocket map
MAP OF COLORADO, 1885, original pocket map.
MAP OF COLORADO, 1889, original pocket map.
Topographical Map of the State of Colorado. Published by The
Kendrick Book and Stationery Company, Denver, 1907. The
Friedenwald Company, Photo-Lith., Baltimore.
approximately 42 inches by 32 inches. Scale: 1 inch = 10
miles. Copyright by Louis Nell, Denver, Colorado, 1903.
Designations of Forest Reserves. Complete with original
gold-printed burgundy cloth covers and 12-page booklet: Index to Nell's
Map of Colorado, showing population, census of 1900, of counties, cities
and post offices. Also heights of mountain peaks. Special
features of the map: gives the wagon roads and trails; the altitude of
cities, towns, mountains, peaks and passes, timber reserves and
irrigable lands. The Kendrick Book and Stationery Company, 801 -
805 Sixteenth Street, Denver, Colorado. C.A. Kendrick, president;
and, H.E. Bellamy, vice president. Condition: near fine; map is
clear, clean, and concise with some light and professional conservation
to back folds; cloth covers are clean and bright.