Title/Content of Map: 1845 Farnham Map of California -- Map of the Californias by T.J. FarnhamDate: 1845, New YorkCartographer: T Farnham (pub. by Morse & Breese)Size: 15.3 X 12.3in.
This is a highly desirable map of the Californias by Thomas J. Farnham pre gold rush. The map shows Upper California just one year before the Mexican-American war, which resulted in Mexico's loss of the region to the United States. It locates the pre-gold rush settlement of "Suter's" Colony just east of the southwest flowing Sacramento River with a Volcano nearby which is likely the Marysville Butte. Farnham details an emigrant route that travels up the Arkiansas River to Farnham's Pass then across the country of Brown's Hole, to the Bear River, around the north shore of L. Timpanigos (Great Salt Lake), eventually to the upper San Joaquin and on to the bay at Yerba Buena, today's San Francisco. Of special interest are the small icons locating the twenty-one missions of Upper California. This map is an early example of the cerographic engraving process, and was originally issued as a loose supplement, later bound into Morse's atlas. (Texas Republic is on verso).
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