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1848 California gold mine map drawn by William T. Sherman

Place/Date: Washington, D.C. / 1848
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Title: Positions of the Upper and Lower Gold Mines on the South Fork of the American River, California.
Technique
Lithograph
Dimensions
23.5 x 46 cm (9.25 x 18 in)
Identifier
NL-00139
Coloring
Uncolored
Condition Rating
VG

Description

Early map of Califronia gold mines, covering Sacramento, the American River and its South Fork, Webers Creek, etc.

The map was actually drawn by William T. Sherman, then a young lieutenant, who assisted R.B. Mason.

The map was issued in U.S. House Ex. Doc. No. 1, 30th Congress, Second Session, accompanying the Report of Col. Richard B. Mason, published with President Polk’s Message to Congress of Dec. 5, 1848. Mason sent samples of gold along with his report, and there are numbers printed on the map which indicate where the various pieces came from.

Condition Description

Moderate foxing throughout.

References

Wheat, Gold Region, 51.

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