1920 Clason Guide Map of Arizona
Description: This is a fine example of the Guide Map of Arizona by G. S. Clason. Issued to accompany Clason’s Arizona Green Guide, this folding map covers the entire state of Arizona. A legend near the bottom of the map shows the state capital, (Phoenix) county lines, county seats, railroads, rail trunk lines, Indian reservations, national forests, automobile roads and main auto roads. An index on the bottom of the map lists towns with their population. The Green Guides were published by the Clason Map Company between 1906-1931. The 32 page booklet contains detailed information about various monuments, and other interesting facts about Arizona. It also lists road names and pole markings, logs and auto routes, rivers and creeks, springs and wells, a table of the shortest railroad mileage between Arizona towns, and a commercial index of Arizona cities and towns. The guide further includes full page maps of the business districts of Phoenix and Tucson. Though this map is undated, it was most likely issued around 1920 giving that it shows the Grand Canyon National Park, which was created in 1919. This guide map of Arizona was created by George Clason and published by the Clason Map Co., Chicago, III., Denver, Colorado as part of Clason’s Arizona Green Guide.
Date: 1920 (undated)
Source: Clason, G., Clason's Arizona Green Guide., 1920.
Cartographer: George Samuel Clason was born in the city if Louisiana, Missouri in 1874. As a young man he studied at the University of Nebraska before joining the United States Army to fight in the Spanish American War. After the war, Clason moved to Denverl, Colorado where he founded the Clason Map Company of Denver, thus starting his lucrative publishing career. As the company expanded Clason opened a secondary office in Chicago, Illinois - then a rising map publishing center and railroad hub. Among his many achievements, Clason is credited with producing the first road atlas of the United States. In the late 1920s, Clason also published a series of "get-rich-quick" pamphlets in the form of parables. The most famous of these is "The Richest Man in Babylon." This tells the story of Arkad, a citizen of Babylon famed for his great wealth and generosity who shares his wit and wisdom with his fellow Babylonians. Click here for a list of rare maps from George Samuel Clason.
Size: Printed area measures 20 in height x 16.5 inches in width (50.8 x 41.91 centimeters)
Condition: Very good. Original fold lines. Blank on verso. Accompanied by original companion booklet.
Code: Arizona-clason-1920 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
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