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Mitchell Plains 1860
"XVIII. Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico & Indian Territory." Philadelphia: S.A. Mitchell Sr., ca. 1860. 8 1/4 x 10 1/2. From Mitchell's School and Family Geography. Lithographic transfer from engraved plate. Original hand color. Very good condition. Denver.

A nice map of Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico and present day Oklahoma from after the Mexican American War. The Map shows the four states with the Texas panhandle and indicates the presence of a number of Indian tribes including the Cherokee, Kioways, Comanches, Creeks, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Cheyenne & Arapahoes. The map depicts topographical information with clear precision, marking towns, rivers, roads and counties. $125



"Colton's Map of Kansas, Nebraska, Dakota & Indian Territory." New York: G.W. and C.B. Colton & Co., 1866. 26 1/2 x 16 3/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Edge of decorative border trimmed at left, as issued. Very good condition.

One of the best maps of the American Plains from the post-Civil War period. This region saw a large influx of settlers and travelers in this period and it went through a number of political changes, so such a map would have had great interest. The territories of Nebraska and Kansas were created in 1854 out of the old Missouri Territory. In 1861, Kansas attained statehood, while the Nebraska Territory (which didn't become a state until a year after this map was issued) lost two-thirds of its land to the newly created Dakota Territory, and the territory of Colorado (shown here, though not mentioned in the title) was also created. In this second state of the map, a border separating Dakota from Wyoming (the latter not named) is shown; Wyoming was created out of the western part of Dakota about the time this version was issued. The western parts of the states lining the Mississippi River are shown with considerable development. The only similar areas of settlement and county creation for the rest of the map occur in eastern Texas and the eastern parts of Kansas and Nebraska. The western parts of that state and territory, along with Dakota and Colorado are depicted as relatively undeveloped.

The map contains much information on rivers, lakes, and topography, but it is for the information on human activity on the plains which makes this map of such great interest. This was issued at a time of regular conflict between Euro-Americans and Native Americans, and the locations of Indian tribes are noted throughout, including three large reservations in the Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). The reason for the conflict was the encroachment of whites into the area, shown on this map with flags to indicate forts, the routes of explorers, emigration & trade routes-such as the Santa Fe and Oregon trails, proposed wagon roads and railroads, as well as the northern and southern routes to Denver, which were clogged in the 1860s with Pike's Peak gold-rushers. A terrific map of this frontier land after the Civil War. $275



Indian Territory
"Gray's Atlas Map of Indian Territory." Philadelphia: O.W. Gray, 1873. 12 x 14 7/8. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition. Denver.

A nicely detailed map of the Indian Territory by the Philadelphia firm of O.W. Gray. The firm began its publishing around mid-century and published regional and U.S. atlases up to the 1880s, first as O.W. Gray and then O.W. Gray & Son. This map is typical of their work, presenting the latest information available with clear and precise detail. The area shown (most of the present state of Oklahoma) had been set aside originally for the Indians from the American southeast, but in the post-Civil War years the US government started to force western tribes, such as the Kiowa, Comanche and Apaches (1867) and Cheyennes and Arapahoes (1868) onto reservations in the southwest corner of this territory. These later reservations are shown, as are the lands in the central west of the territory ceded back to the U.S. government because of the support for the Confederacy by some of the Indian tribes. One of the best pictures of the Indian situation in the West at the time. $250



Indian Territory
"Indian Ty." From Cram's Unrivaled Family Atlas. Chicago: George F. Cram, 1883. 9 1/2 x 12. Colored cerograph. Light marginal discoloration. Else, very good condition. Denver.

A fascinating map of the Indian Territory in 1883, just seven years before the western part was broken off to become the Oklahoma Territory (and 25 years before the entire thing became the state of Oklahoma). The territory is shown broken into its tribal areas, with the panhandle being indicated as "Public Lands." The map was produced by the George F. Cram Company, an engraving and publishing firm from Chicago. In the mid-nineteenth century, the center of cartographic publishing was New York City, but in the 1880s this began to shift towards Chicago with the advent of the Rand, McNally and Cram firms. These firms were noted for their efficient output of precise maps (using the process of wax engraving or cerography) filled with useful and up-to-date political and cultural information, and details on roads, towns, railroads, and so forth. This map is typical of their work and provides an excellent view of the territory at this crucial period in its history. $125



Arbuckle Indian Territory
"Indian Territory." New York: Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Company, 1889. Ca. 3 x 5. Chromolithograph by Donaldson Brothers. Very good condition.

From a delightful series of maps issued by the Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Company. This firm was founded by John and Charles Arbuckle of Pittsburgh, PA. They developed a machine to weigh, fill, seal and label coffee in paper packages, which allowed them to become the largest importer and seller of coffee in the world. Their most famous promotional program involved the issuing of several series of small, colorful trading cards, one of which was included in every package of Arbuckle's Coffee. These series included cards with sports, food, historic scenes, and--one of the most popular--maps. The latter cards included not only a map, but also small illustrations "which portrays the peculiarities of the industry, scenery, etc." of the region depicted. These cards are a delight, containing informative maps as well as wonderful scenes of the area mapped. $65



Bradley OK and Indian Territory
"Oklahoma and Indian Territory." From Mitchell's General Atlas. Philadelphia: Wm.M. Bradley & Bro., 1895. 11 1/2 x 14 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition. Denver.

The Indian Territory was formed as a result of the Indian Removal Act of 1830, when lands west of the Mississippi were set aside for the Indian Tribes forced to relocate from east of the Mississippi River. By 1856 these lands had been reduced to the present borders of Oklahoma. After the Civil War, the government forced the tribes into new treaties, gaining back the land in the west for the government. In 1890 this was set up as the Oklahoma Territory, leaving the Indian Territory just in the eastern part; it is this configuration which is shown here. It is interesting that the tribes in this final, reduced Indian Territory realized that they might be legislated out of existence, so in 1905 they applied for their lands to become the state of Sequoyah. Congress instead combined back the two territories to create the state of Oklahoma in 1907. $150



Rand McNally Indian Territory
Oklahoma and Indian Territory.] From New General Atlas of the World. Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., 1895. 9 x 11 3/8. Cerograph, with full original color. Very good condition. Denver.

A map showing the last configuration of the American Indian Territory. The original Indian Territory west of the Mississippi encompassed most of the Louisiana Purchase, not including Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana. With the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, the Indian Territory was shrunk to just that part of the purchase south of the 37th parallel (the southern Kansas border), that is, today's Oklahoma (created as a state just about a decade later). After the Civil War, the western part of this territory was taken back from the Indians and in 1890 became the Oklahoma Territory. This map shows that configuration, with the Oklahoma Territory in the west and the final, small Indian Territory in the east. Realizing they might be legislated out of existence, the citizens of the Indian Territory applied to statehood (as the state of Sequoyah) in 1905, but Congress instead turned the entire area shown here into the state of Oklahoma in 1907. $65



Rand McNally Oklahoma
"Oklahoma and Indian Territory." Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., 1902. 19 x 26. Cerograph, with full original color. Very good condition. Denver.

This map shows what would, in 1907, become the state of Oklahoma. The original Indian Territory west of the Mississippi encompassed most of the original Louisiana Purchase, not including Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana. With the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, the Indian Territory was shrunk to just that part of the purchase south of the 37th parallel (the southern Kansas border). After the Civil War, the western part of this territory was taken back from the Indians and in 1890 became the Oklahoma Territory. This map shows that configuration, with the Oklahoma Territory in the west (including the panhandle) and the final, small Indian Territory in the east. Realizing they might be legislated out of existence, the citizens of the Indian Territory applied to statehood (as the state of Sequoyah) in 1905, but Congress instead turned the entire area shown here into the state of Oklahoma in 1907. $125



Rand McNally Oklahoma
"Oklahoma." 12 1/4 x 19. Cerograph, with full original color. Very good condition. Denver.

A smaller Rand, McNally map of Oklahoma and the Indian Territory, still with an impressive amount of detail. $100



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