1904 USGS Geologic Map of Excelsior Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park
Description: A fine example of Arnold Hague’s 1904 geological survey map of the spectacular excelsior Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Focusing on the excelsior Geyser, the map covers the Midway Geyser Basin from Firehole River northward to the Opal Pool. The map identifies many geysers and springs, most famous being the breathtakingly beautiful Grand Prismatic Spring, the third largest hot spring in the world and the largest in the United States. The excelsior Geyser shown near the Prismatic Spring, was known to be one of the largest geysers in the world until the 1880’s, with eruptions frequently reaching heights of 300 feet. It is now a productive thermal spring. This particular map was part of Hague’s study of the regions unique geology and the related geothermal activity. The map is color coded to identify different geological zones with a detailed key to the right side of the map proper. Published by the United States Geological Survey in 1904.
Date: 1904 (dated)
Source: Hague, A., Atlas to Accompany Monograph XXXII on the Geology of the Yellowstone National Park, (Washington, USGS) 1904.
References: Rumsey 4252.020. Philips P5115.
Cartographer: The Office of the Coast Survey (later the U.S. Geodetic Survey), founded in 1807 by President Thomas Jefferson and Secretary of Commerce Albert Gallatin, is the oldest scientific organization in the U.S. Federal Government. Jefferson created the "Survey of the Coast," as it was then called, in response to a need for accurate navigational charts of the new nation's coasts and harbors. The first superintendent of the Coast Survey was Swiss immigrant and West Point mathematics professor Ferdinand Hassler. Under the direction of Hassler, from 1816 to 1843, the ideological and scientific foundations for the Coast Survey were established. Hassler, and the Coast Survey under him developed a reputation for uncompromising dedication to the principles of accuracy and excellence. Hassler lead the Coast Survey until his death in 1843, at which time Alexander Dallas Bache, a great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin, took the helm. Under the leadership A. D. Bache, the Coast Survey did most of its most important work. During his Superintendence, from 1843 to 1865, Bache was steadfast advocate of American science and navigation and in fact founded the American Academy of Sciences. Bache was succeeded by Benjamin Pierce who ran the Survey from 1867 to 1874. Pierce was in turn succeeded by Carlile Pollock Patterson who was Superintendent from 1874 to 1881. In 1878, under Patterson's superintendence, the U.S. Coast Survey was reorganized as the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (C & GS or USGS) to accommodate topographic as well as nautical surveys. Today the Coast Survey is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA. Click here for a list of rare maps from The United States Coast Survey.
Cartographer: Arnold Hague (December 13, 1840 - May 14, 1917) was an American geologist and surveyor active in the late 18th and early 19th century. Hague was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1840. As the son of a clergyman he was well educated and graduated from Yale University in 1863. Afterwards he traveled for Europe where he pursued further studies in geology at Gottingen, Heidelberg, and Freiberg. Upon his return to the United State in 1867 Hague was assigned to assist Clarence King in a study of the surface geology of the Comstock Lode and the amalgamation process, known as the ‘Washoe Process' practiced there. When the U.S. Geological Survey was formed in 1879 Hague became a founding member. In 1883 he was commissioned as the official geologist of Yellowstone National Park and assigned to study the parks famous geysers. Hague's report on Yellowstone, published in 1904, is perhaps his most significant work and certainly the work for which is best known today. Hague died in Washington D.C. in 1917. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, vice president of the International Congress of Geologists, and president of the United States Geological Society. Click here for a list of rare maps by Arnold Hague.
Cartographer: Julius (Julien) Bien (1826 - 1909) was an American lithographer and engraver based in New York City. Bien was born in Naumburg German. He was educated at the Academy of fine arts in Cassell and at Stadel's Institute in Frankfurt. Following the suppression of the anti-autocratic German Revolutions of 1848, Bien, who participated in the pan-German movement found himself out of favor in his home country and joined the mass German immigration to the United States. Around 1850 Bien established the New York Lithographing, Engraving & Printing Company in New York that focused on the emergent chromo-lithograph process - a method of printing color using lithographic plates. He work drew the attention of the U.S. Government printing office which contracted him to produce countless government maps and surveys, including the Pacific Railroad Surveys, the census, numerous coast surveys, and various maps relating to the American Civil War. Bien also issued a number of atlases both privately and in conjunction with a relation, Joseph Bien. At the height of his career Bien was elected president of the American Lithographers Association. Click here for a list of rare maps by Julius Bien.s
Size: Printed area measures 15.5 x 18.5 inches (39.37 x 46.99 centimeters)
Condition: Very good. Blank on verso.
Code: YellowstoneExcelsiorGeyserG-usgs-1904 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)