This large survey map, prepared for the Union Pacific originally, shows the region from Fort Smith, Arkansas, including Indian Territory, Texas to Isleta, a tiny Indian pueblo on the Rio Grande in New Mexico. Forts, mounds, trading posts, the Santa Fe Trail, Raton Pass, Taos and Santa Fe are all located. Wheat calls this map noteworthy for it use of the contour system. The inset map is Sketch of Rio Pecos at Anton Chico, and it is the first map of this type to use the contour system. The map also features a long list of authorities and surveys used for related topography, excluding this survey.
1853-4 Whipple Map of Parts of Arkansas, Indian Territory, Texas and New Mexico
Map No. 1 From Fort Smith to the Rio Grande…under the direction of the Hon. Jefferson Davis, Secretary of War…
Map Maker Specifics
A. Whipple, 1853-4
22 x 51.5 in. plus margins
Good. Toning in issued folds. Several splits (longest ca. 7 in.) in folds, most small. Uncolored. Printed on two joined sheets, as issued.